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Accused British Hacker Can Be Extradited to US

Lauri Love says he'll die in the US prison system
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2016 5:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 31-year-old British man can be extradited to the US for allegedly hacking into the FBI, NASA, Federal Reserve, and Department of Defense, a judge in Britain ruled Friday. Wired reports Lauri Love allegedly hacked the agencies and did millions of dollars worth of damage as a form of protest in 2012 and 2013. Love, who has Asperger's and depression, fought extradition because he's worried he'll kill himself or otherwise die while in custody in the US, where he's facing up to 99 years in prison, according to the BBC. Were Love being tried in England, he'd face less than three years for the same crimes.

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The judge Friday ruled Love could receive adequate medical care in the US prison system, the Guardian reports. While his supporters protested the ruling, Love told the media: “If you have come for justice then you have missed it." Love's father accuses the US of being out for "vengeance." “We have recently had a big debate about who can come into this country," he says. "We need to have one now about who can be taken out.” Love's extradition still needs to be approved by Britain's secretary of state. He'll then have two weeks to appeal the ruling. Love doesn't believe he'll be treated fairly in US courts. (Read more hackers stories.)

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