Since then McKinnon’s lawyer, Karen Todner, has told the BBC that she will ask the Home Secretary to intervene in the case. The Home Office has previously approved his extradition and has today said that it has no further statutory role in the case.
McKinnon has admitted hacking into computers belonging to NASA and the US military in 2001 and 2002 though he has disputed US prosecutors’ claims that he caused $700,000-worth of damage.
He has fought a long legal battle to face trial in the UK because that is where he was when the alleged crimes were committed and not in the US. US prosecutors previously threatened Mckinnon with up to 70 years in jail and said he could be tried under anti-terrorism laws.