Amber Rudd orders Lauri Love extradition to United States on hacking charges

Amber Rudd orders Lauri Love extradition to United States on hacking charges

USA prosecutors accuse Love, who has Asperger's Syndrome, of hacking into the computer networks of the FBI, NASA, the Missile Defense Agency, and the Department of Defense, among others, between October 2012 and October 2013.

Karen Todner said the Home Secretary should have refused to extradite Mr Love because the US-UK extradition treaty was unfair.

He could face proceedings in three different U.S. jurisdictions.

There are 14 days to apply for permission to appeal against Amber Rudd's decision to extradite him.

Love's father, Reverend Alexander Love, said of the order: "It was going to happen - it was inevitable - but it's still painful".

"I don't think much of my future life prospects", Love said.

Interior Minister Amber Rudd paved the way for his extradition almost two months after a British court ruled he could be sent for trial in the US.

Lauri Love leaving his extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court Who is Lauri Love?

"Mr Love has been charged with various computer hacking offences which included targeting U.S. military and federal government agencies".

Love's defenders, however, claim he breached the USA government computers to protest the suicide of activist Aaron Swartz, who at the time was also facing hacking-related charges.

The legislation does not permit the home secretary to consider human rights or health issues in extradition cases, nor would it be appropriate for the home secretary to do so.

It is alleged that between October 2012 and October 2013, Love placed hidden "shells" or "backdoors" within networks, allowing for confidential data to be stolen.

Following that ruling, Ms Rudd had two months to order the 31-year-old's extradition. No US citizen has yet been extradited for an alleged crime while the person was based in the US, while dozens of British suspects have been transported in the other direction.

Labour MP Barry Sheerman, who is among them, said he was "deeply disappointed".

"The pressure continues. We won't give up".

Mr Ekeland added that he feared that Mr Love would face a "way harsher environment" in the United States following Donald Trump's election. "We are getting more and more MPs to sign the letter to President Obama", he said.

"We were kind of expecting this but it's still a disappointment and a kick in the gut".

Mr Love, who has dual nationality in the United Kingdom and Finland, has studied at Nottingham and Glasgow Universities and most recently attended the University of Suffolk.

Love's only chance is to appeal to the High Court.

Mr Love's extradition has now been authorised by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Mr Love's lawyer Karen Todner said: 'Lauri is struggling to cope and he should not face trial by media or a quasi-police interview when he hasn't been charged in Britain.' A BBC spokesman said: 'Lauri was keen to appear on Today and showed he is well able to deal with pertinent questioning'.