Oh, this is just low. The Lord Chief Justice in the U.S.’s “special relationship” ally across the pond ruled this week that the hacker identified and charged in the U.S. Justice system of illegally getting into quite a number of secure U.S. government computer systems in 2012 and 2013 including those at NASA, the U.S. Army, the FBI and the Federal Reserve can not be extradited to stand trial in the States.
An order to extradite him should be quashed, the Lord Chief Justice added. The court erupted in applause when the judgment was handed down.
Love, who suffers from Asperger syndrome, eczema, asthma, and depression, had his appeal case heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in November.
Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and Justice Ouseley heard that extradition would not be in the “interests of justice” for a number of reasons, including the “high risk” that Love would kill himself.
This, of course, is the reason that his father cited as to why the extradition should be stopped.
Speaking to the BBC on Monday before the judgment was handed down, Love’s father the Rev Alexander Love said: “[Lauri’s] very distressed, he’s obviously afraid because he has stated on more than one occasion he fears for his life because he doesn’t think he could cope with the trauma of being taken away from his family and country, and taken in exile to America.”
The Rev Love said he was concerned his son would not get the support he needed if he was jailed in the US, adding “the mental health provision in American prisons, from what I have read, is woefully inadequate compared to ours.”
Note that there is no mention of right or wrong – or that hacking into secure systems is illegal in the United States, not to mention amazingly disrespectful regardless of where someone is. The mental health of this person is tantamount, even if he probably would end up in a Club Fed minimum security situation since his crimes were decidedly white collar.
Even the man who desperately wants to be named a U.S. whistleblower joined in the chorus of praise for the ruling.
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) February 5, 2018
For the people of the United States, this is NOT a victory. This is a tragedy of fairly large proportions. In this country, even those who are mentally ill who commit crimes are sentenced to time in a facility. It may not be a prison, but they are not allowed out on the streets.
Really, though, this ruling is all about disrespect. How about if one of our autists hacked some systems across the pond. Would the Brits not demand justice?