British man with Asperger syndrome can be extradited to US over hacking charges

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An autistic man accused of hacking into US government computers can be extradited to the US from Britain to stand trial, a judge has ruled.

Lauri Love, who has Asperger syndrome, is alleged to have stolen huge amounts of data from US agencies including the Federal Reserve, the US Army, the Department of Defence, Nasa and the FBI, in a spate of online attacks in 2012 and 2013.

US authorities have been fighting for the 31-year-old, who lives with his parents near Newmarket in Suffolk, to face trial over charges of cyber-hacking, which his lawyers say could mean a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if he is found guilty.

There were gasps as Mr Love, wearing a purple sash around his belt, was told by District Judge Nina Tempia that he can be extradited, during a hearing at Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London.

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