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Lauri Love: Hacker claims extradition would 'result in a tragedy'

Lauri Love
Image caption Lauri Love says he wants to answer US charges against him the in the UK

An autistic computer hacker has told a court extraditing him to America would 'result in a tragedy'.

US authorities want to prosecute Lauri Love, 31, of Stradishall, for allegedly stealing details from its government computers.

The two-day extradition case is being heard at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Mr Love, who has Asperger Syndrome and depression, told the court: "If I have justice it will be here in the UK."

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He said the "deck" was "stacked" against him because the American justice system "coerces" accused people into pleading guilty to get reduced sentences.

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The accusations

The US authorities claim Mr Love hacked into and accessed information from:

  • US Federal Reserve
  • Nasa
  • The FBI
  • Missile Defence Agency

He told the court he doubted there was "any prospect" of him having justice if he was sent to the US.

"If I was sent to America under horrific conditions those urges to bring my life to an end would be a lot stronger.

"Sadly what I expect will happen - the urges, the despair, the helplessness, the hopelessness - I will exercise what remains of my self-control and I will take my life.

"(Extradition) will result in a tragedy that could be avoided by not having me kidnapped."

The hearing continues.

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