MP resigns over Gary McKinnon hacker case

Graham Cluley

Andrew Mackinlay, the Labour MP for the constituency of Thurrock, is to quit his post in protest at the British parliament’s failure to vote for Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the United States to be blocked.

According to media reports, Mackinlay says he will resign at the next election after only ten Labour MPs voted for a review of the 2003 Extradition Treaty in a recent parliamentary debate.

What seems to have angered Mackinlay is that 74 Labour MPs had previously signed motions supporting the NASA hacker’s campaign for him to be tried in the United Kingdom and to have the extradition treaty between the UK and USA re-examined.

Gary McKinnon was arrested seven years ago, after allegedly hacking his way into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA.

The self-confessed hacker claims that he…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.