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Gary McKinnon has attracted the support of London Mayor Boris Johnson. In his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph, the Tory mayor calls upon President Barack Obama to ask US prosecutors to abandon efforts to extradite the British hacker, who faces a seven-count US indictment of allegations he broke into US military and Nasa …

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Make this man prime minister...

"How can the British government be so protoplasmic, so pathetic, so heedless of the well-being of its own people, as to sign the warrant for his extradition?"

It's a shame that so many people in government seem to have forgotten who they work for.

One of the downsides of having long lived governments I think. They get too used to being in power and forgot how and why they got there.

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Make politics fun

Boris for P.M.

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Ian
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So what about Mandelson?

I don't know about Brown or Darling but claims of Peter Mandelson being of lizard origin would have a certain ring of truth about them.

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Take that Merkins

with Boris on the case you had better be scared.

With his buffoonery he will make you wish you never illegally stole tea and then dumped it in our Boston estuary, bunch of colonial squatters.

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Good old BoJo

Once again he affirms his position as one of the very few politicians in the world I would willingly buy a drink for.

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Boris For PM

you know it makes sense.

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I LOOOOOOOOOVE BORIS

thats it

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The lizards from Tharg have clearly got to Boris

However, I, for one, welcome etc. etc.

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RotM

He should be brought in on ElReg's team investigating Lizard Army softening up techniques, then.

I, for one, welcome our green-men-hunting overlords!

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My God

Boris said something I agree with!!!

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Heh

"Perhaps Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are themselves supersized saurians who have been sent on a 10-year mission to wreck the UK economy, in preparation for the great lizard takeover."

I love that part!

But I need to say - most of the article is quite well written and intelligent. All that American bullying has gone way too far - here - and as well all over the world.

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I can't say it better than Boris

So I won't. But he is definitely right about this case and in his assessment of the spineless British Govt, which, for the lack of ability to hurt any other nation on Earth is doing it's damnedest to hurt this one.

This Lizard thing is interesting though - I was often wondering if it was just an illusion when I could just seem to see greenish scales glistening on Alistair Darlings's face in some TV interviews. And this funny movement Gordon does with his jaw now and again - now I'm sure it is to hide the forked tongue when the fly swatting reflex takes over...

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For all the good it will do...

Still, good ol' Boris!

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Prosecuting the negligent

Prosecuting those who gain unauthorised access to computer systems is the equivalent of putting an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff.

This vigorous pursuit of McKinnon looks to be 100% about deflecting attention from the DoD's lax security, and 0% about safeguarding US national security.

However, if there is an existing extradition treaty, the letter of that treaty must be complied with. If it is a poor treaty then it should be renegotiated, but this case cannot be taken outside its scope on its own.

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I love this guy (but not in a prison movie way)

And I'm still annoyed that Londoners voted him in. The moment I moved into his (now former) constituency, he upped sticks and left for the big smoke.

Nice to see El Reg acknowledge that he's not a bumbling fool either.

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Bah-ris

If Boris isn't careful, he will end up dead in a ditch somewhere - with all the blood drained from his body.

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Yo Bo" You go!

I agree wholeheartedly. In fact I wouldn't even send him for trial. Anyone who has open servers is fair game.

If anyone should be sorted out in a US court it should be the Windozing IT buffoons of the Unsafe Stupids of America.

As for comparative terrrrst values. The kidnapping Victims now being held in a Cuban coaling station are more dangerous to the US for being held in a Cuban coaling station than anything else. Even the one they call Ossama's right hand man was tortured into admitting everything.

The records have all been hidden/removed/destroyed and their suspected activities must therefore be regarded as zero thus a multi-dudes of such people will have, as Boris indicates, as much value as the Brit in fomenting terrorism.

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You gotta hand it to Boris

He does a rant better than just about other pundit. Being right is also a help.

More attention should be drawn to the hideous one-sided extradition deal that our lords and masters (Blair and Brown) have agreed to with the US - we didn't even get a kiss after they screwed us over - we have to extradite our people, the US don't

This is not a treaty. It's the first step to subjugation.

Cheers!

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Go Boris, Go Boris, Go Go Go !!!

Ever since catching Boris on TV over two Saturdays (can't recall the title, but it was about Christianity and Islam) I have been consistently amazed at how well an obviously educated, cultured, intelligent man can be portrayed as a "buffoon".

Then I remembered "I Claudius".

I am also impressed with Boris political nous and way of speaking - he's like the history teacher you always hoped you'd get. You may not learn much history, but who else could quote from "Pulp Fiction" when discussing the crusades ?

Open note to Tory Party : If Boris led you, I *might* vote for you ......

Can we have an "up yours septics" icon ?

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Well well

I didn't vote for BojoCop and I didn't like him banning booze on the tube, but he's absolutely spot-on with this one.

Our goverment should simply refuse to hand over McKinnon. Unfortunately they are utterly retarded, and completely out of touch with what the people want.

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Go Boris

Entertaining to the end. Why cant more politicians be like this? Not saying he is right or wrong... just refreshingly Barak.

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I didn't vote for him, and he's a raging Tory nadsack.....

.... but on this occasion he's been one of the few public figures to take any interest in this farce and put some kind of perspective on it - well done him.

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Crap charges

If the USA top security system was entered then they should be paying this guy for showing up their weakness, not prosecuting him.

What actually is the offence - their was no damage to their system, no "stolen" information for financial gain and basically they have actually made total fools of themselves (and even worse, continue to do so) by showing up how insecure their system was to the rest of the world.

Perhaps the American saying "Have a nice day" should be changed to "Get a Life".

Mines the one with the file of blank passwords in the pocket.

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Boris went up in my expectations...

... when the letters came out from Police Chief Sir Ian Blair demanding Boris withdraw his "the police were trigger happy in the Menedez shooting" comment.

I reckon Blair was wrong to demand Boris shut up. Boris was right, and even if he wasn't he was entitled to voice his opinion.

That Boris didn't immediately roll over to the Rozzers showed promise that's rarely seen these days. If a senior politicians can't protect his own right to free speech from overzealous rozzers then how can the rest of us?

As for this case, again I agree with Boris. The extradition treaty is one sided, it was Tony Blairs feltching of Bush and should be made more balanced.

I hope the courts kick it out, since Parliament decides what is a crime here, not foreign powers, yet that treaty permitted extradition for offences that are not crimes in the UK but are crimes in the USA, it did not require it to be an offence in the UK. It had the effect of letting US define a crime to apply to the UK, that was not defined by Parliament.

Since Parliament is the ultimate authority that was not consistent with Parliamentary authority.

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Shame...

That it takes Boris to provide some balence (even if it is in Boris-style) to the public side of this argument. But maybe everyone else is too focussed on the race to cosy up to the new American administration.

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Anyone else out there

Remember how many IRA paramilitary soldiers, fundraisers and bombers ran to the US as they were guaranteed not to be extradited back to the UK for trial? Then they have the nerve to accuse libya of funding terrorism.,....look in your backyard before ratting on your neighbours

McKinnon just happened to find a machine open and accessed it, had it been a bank, they'd have denied it and covered it up

Short memories them yanks have, like coming in to a war just as it's over and making films on how they won it........dont see many korean or vietnam films on how they won wars they were in from the start do you?

Leave Gary alone, and be thankful it was him, not Bin Laden or Gadaffi who hacked your defence computers, and get your software industry to make security a priority, not an add-on

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I for one...

... welcome our green saurian overlords.

Mine's the one with a free one-way ticket to NY in the pocket

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Good show, Boris

Ejits, those Americans

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Go Boris!

Go Boris!

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Go Boris

As you say he he a lot smarter than people take him for. This whole scenario is farcical.

Could not resist that avatar

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Eh? "Electronic jihadist"?

Forget the "electronic jihadist" BS - he's a criminal, and being extradited as such under a treaty intended to cover criminals, not just terrorists. He broke the law, and admits it - the only question amounts to where he should be sentenced. For obvious reasons he'd prefer to be let off by our pathetic parody of a "justice" system, where even a so-called life sentence for murder amounts to a few years in a cheap hotel with locked doors, while those of us with a strong dislike for criminals in general and those who think it's OK to break the law if you do it electronically in particular would prefer a serious sentence in the much less comfortable surroundings of American prison.

I believe that in general crimes should be prosecuted where the victim is located (so if you shoot someone the far side of a border, you go and stand trial on that side, regardless of where you were standing at the time); the CPS has a rather more waffly bureaucratic official position, mainly concerned with the interests of the victim, the availability of witnesses and evidence as well as the location where "the majority of the criminality or loss occurred". In this case, all those factors seem to point to a US trial rather than a UK one - and the CPS specifically says that the different sentencing powers should *not* be considered as a factor.

What I resent most, though, is the suggestion that Aspergers should somehow get him off. It isn't even close to being a valid defence, and I resent the implication that it renders Aspies incapable of obeying the law!

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Go Blondie!

In the tone of some Yank voice over...

"The end of days is nigh.... Aliens from the planet Tharg are upon us.... Only one man can save us from enslavment by the lizard race.... (cue Arnie whispering about the man) the man who saved us from Red Ken... (cue Ken Livinstone standing next to a Lenin statue with the USSR flag waving in the back ground) the man without fear... (cue Boris facing off against the Stig in Top Gear) the man who can save us all..... Boris! (cue lots of explosions, Parliment being blown up, the Union Flag on fire waving in the wind then Boris running up to the aliens and saying "do you know, if you change gear on your warp drive engines at a lower revolution, you'll have less CO2 and save dilithium crystals? We can save the world! Together!"

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boris for PM? buffons have more common sense than proffesional politicians.

i dont agree with a few of his policies, but i am happy to see that the my city mayor is a man drives by common sense. totally agree with his thought about all this.

And no, El Gordo Marron and his kickside are not lizards, they are oversize-egopumped rats.

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ahhh....

some common sense at last. well done to Boris.

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Lizard Merkins?

***"How can the British government be so protoplasmic, so pathetic, so heedless of the well-being of its own people, as to sign the warrant for his extradition?"***

Hasn't Boris noticed that whenever the US tell the British Gov't to jump, the reply is always "How High?"

I don't know about Lizards, but this historical and continuing spinelessness of British Governments, of all colours, when confronted with unreasonable American demands certainly suggests that the Merkins are able to exert some kind of 'leverage' against the UK that they cannot exert against other countries.

Its also curious that anti-American rhetoric from opposition politicians, and even backbenchers of the incumbent party, changes to fawning boot licking of American feet as soon as they are in power and / or given a Ministerial position.

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Poor Boris!

John Leyden, who works for The Register, but is actually quite bright, said today...

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BoJo for PM!

I mean....he couldn't make a worse job of it could he?

He's thoroughly entertaining............and lizard friendly too!

BoJo for President!

BoJo for (Take us to your ) world leader!

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Whats the world coming to?

Whats the world coming to? I'm agreeing with a Tory. This really is a brave new world, and all it took was Tony Blairs war crimes and Jacqui Smiths insane crusade against civil liberty.

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the world is run by giant lizards in disguise.

And I for one welcome our new evil lizard overlords...

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lol@boris

that guy always makes me laugh, he may have a funny way of talking sometimes! very! funny! indeed! but I believe! that! he is! a nice! guy! (must have shares in yahoo! or something)

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when does the defence..

... 'he's suffered enough' get to be used? If not in McKinnon's case -- seven years, for Zog's sake! -- then for whom? Were he an executive, obviosuly the sensitive fabric of his psyche would be in tatters by now and we'd be arguing with tears in our eyes that hearts must soften.

Way back when he did his little 'crime', everybody who could was doing it. We are wiser and more bored now, and the USA is making itself look like a pillock (OK, more of a pillock).

Of course, hounding McKinnon is a lot easier and is a quicker win than, say, Osama.

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Uh

It's great Boris is doing this but come on:

"Johnson, a former journalist turned Tory politician, is known for playing the buffoon in public but is actually quite bright."

If one can class Boris as bright it's simply a testament to how stupid people in the UK have become. He is at best average, and that's quite arguable.

The whole reason he got into power was because he caters better to the idiocy brought on by the big brother generation rather than intelligent, smart, thoughtful people who realised Livingstone whilst not brilliant, was still a far superior choice.

My friend's situation when he was in the queue to vote summed it up nicely where behind him a first time blonde bimbo voter commented "I don't know who to vote for I think I'm going to vote Boris because he has funny hair".

Boris is an embarassment to our country and we were laughed at hard internationally when he took London.

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All hail

Boris, please run for Uber leader. Come one who doesn't love him?

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Rubbish

The yanks claim McKinnon caused hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage, I suspect the cost is probably the cost of the military then deciding to implement proper security on their systems, which should have been there in the first place!

I can't see how McKinnon could have caused that amount of damage to their systems, unless he managed to trash many many applications and render the machines inoperable which then necessistated the need for new hardware, or recovery processes to rebuild the hard drives, and this is the cost of the time spent rebuilding those PCs.

The yanks had extremely poor security protocols in place and they're embarassed to the hilt about it, so they're looking for a scapegoat, someone to blame "It wasn't us, and our shite security, it was the hacker who was incredibly good and caused terriffic damage".

I agree with everything Boris said.

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Boris for PM!

At least ONE politician...

a) has gonads

b) sees through the crap

c) still seems to have common sense.

Boris for PM.

NOW!

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Why not allow all criminals to be free?

Why not just release all criminals and allow them to run free? Makes as much sense as what Obama is doing.

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@All hail

All hail Boris and McKinnon!

Boris and McKinnon, all hail!

Okay, maybe not but I felt a bit shakespearey.

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@James

I really really hoped I'd manage to get through the comments to this story without reading a pathetic Daily Mail style rant along the lines of your comment.

McKinnon did the US government a service by showing up lax security practices. Sure, he poked around fulfilling his LGM obsession, but they should be paying him a bounty rather than prosecuting him, and since he was in the UK when he committed these 'offences', he should be tried here and given an ASBO at worst.

Still, you're entitled to your view, however stupid it may be.

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@Ian

Um, In your opinion, who would count as bright? or rather how would you define bright if you disagree with the statement in the article.

If memory serves me correctly Boris was Eton, then Oxford; bear in mind though he is 40+ which means oxbridge entrance.

He was bright enough to get into the best* university in the country but doesn't fulfil your definition of bright?

*best is contentious I know, no slight intended for all those MA(cantab) out there.

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Proof of our Saurian Masters

Look at a lizard.

Does it EVER smile?

No. The best it can manage is a kind of gaping rictus.

Now, watch Gordon Brown smile.

Scary....

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