UK Approves the Extradition of Alleged Hacker to US

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, British national Lauri Love, who is accused of hacking into U.S. government computers, stands with tears in his eyes while speaking to the media after the ruling that he should be outside
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, British national Lauri Love, who is accused of hacking into U.S. government computers, stands with tears in his eyes while speaking to the media after the ruling that he should be outside

LONDON — Britain has approved the extradition of an alleged computer hacker who is accused of snatching data from the U.S. Defense Department, the U.S. Army and the FBI.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has authorized the extradition of 31-year-old Lauri Love, who faces 99 years in prison if found guilty on cyber-hacking charges for allegedly compromising networks between October 2012 and October 2013 and stealing data. He has 14 days to appeal the decision.

Love, who has Asperger's syndrome, told the Daily Mail in an interview published Tuesday that the decision was a "kick in the gut." He says he doesn't "think much of my future life prospects."

Love's father, the Rev Alexander Love, says "all we are asking for is British justice for a British citizen."

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