NASA hacker's extradition is 'inevitable'

The former prosecutor in the Gary McKinnon hacking case says he expects the European Court of Human Rights to reject the alleged hacker's extradition to the United States.

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Christie also said he doubts that US prosecutors would consider trying McKinnon in European courts. "Extradition seems imminent", he added.

In New Jersey, the government contends that McKinnon first hacked into the computer network at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, on April 7, 2001, an intrusion that wasn't discovered until late in September, when he allegedly deleted computer files that were needed to power up computers on the network. In the five months that McKinnon allegedly was in and out of the system, the government charges that he installed remote access software to make it easier for him to get into the network. He also allegedly stole about 950 passwords and deleted computer logs and files.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erez Liebermann, who now is the lead prosecutor on the case, said McKinnon allegedly caused $290,431 in financial damages to the weapons station that is focused on replenishing munitions and supplies to the Atlantic fleet.

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