The latest ruling rejected the request for a stay in the extradition process pending a full hearing of the court. Mr McKinnon claimed the extradition would breach his human rights. The unemployed systems analyst from Wood Green, north London, admits he gained access to 97 US Navy, Army, Nasa and Pentagon computers from the bedroom of his girlfriend’s aunt’s house. But he says he was motivated by curiosity and only got in because of lax security. The US government says he stole passwords and deleted files. He faces up to 70 years in prison if found guilty.
Ms Todner said: “We have lost the appeal. That means he will be extradited. It will probably be within the next fortnight. He is absolutely devastated by the decision. He and his family are distraught. They are completely beside themselves. He is terrified by the prospect of going to America.” She said Mr McKinnon had recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and would ask for the case to be tried in this country.