stands accused of hacking into the Pentagon and Nasa in his hunt for “little green men”.
The Home Secretary said she had taken the decision on human rights grounds:
As he suffers from Asperger’s and is a suicide risk, Gary had his extradition blocked using the human rights convention, which says that no one shall be subjected to “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
I for one welcomed this decision however hypocritical May was by invoking the Human Rights Acts. Also, as written by Shami Chakrabarti in a piece in the Guardian:
.. it is well known that the US was remarkably coy about extraditing IRA suspects back to the UK to stand trial during the 30-year “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. We even have well-known apologists such as Congressman Peter King, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee attempting to demonise organisations like Wikileaks as terrorist organisations, while at the same being a life-long supporter of Sinn Féin, the political wing of the Provisional IRA.
So is this a case of double-standards being applied? For me, McKinnon isn’t a terrorist mastermind so is there any justification for treating him as such and pursuing him for the last 10+ years. I think May’s decision didn’t try to seek popular approval it just demonstrated a degree of common sense practicality, realism and empathy.
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