A judge in London ruled on Friday that a hacker accused of breaching US Government websites must be extradited to the United States to stand trial. He may appeal the decision.
The 31-year-old Lauri Love, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, faces charges of breaching computer systems belonging the FBI, NASA, the US Missile Defence Agency and the US Federal Reserve, among others.
Tor Ekeland, Love’s lawyer, claims the US government is targeting his client because he is a member of a notorious hacker group.
Clearly they want to, in my opinion, crush him, because they think he's associated with Anonymous, and anything associated with Anonymous makes them hysterical.
#FreeLauri - judge now advising Lauri that he can appeal the decision. Case is being sent to the Secretary of State. He will remain on bail.
— Jake Davis (@DoubleJake) September 16, 2016
His lawyer tweeted that the court's decision might not be final.
Lauri can appeal #freelauri
— Tor Ekeland (@TorEkelandPC) September 16, 2016
If found guilty of US cybercrime charges, Love could face up to 99 years behind bars — a prison term his family believes would amount to "a death sentence."