Lauri Love, the 31-year-old British citizen accused of breaking into the systems of the FBI, the US Missile Defence Agency and the Federal Reserve Bank in 2013, has lost his appeal over extradition to the US.
The judgement was delivered within minutes of the commencement of this afternoon's 2pm session at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
Love's lawyer, Tor Ekeland, said that Love had "embarrassed" the US authorities and that they had "very bad security and these hacks used exploits that were publicly known for months".
Former hacker and ex-Anonymous and LulzSec mouthpiece Jake 'Topiary' Davis attended the hearing and live tweeted the verdict, calling it "a horrible decision" and "a mess from the start".
According to Davis, Love was immediately advised by the judge that he could appeal against the decision, and that the case would be sent on to the Secretary of State while he remains, for the time being, on bail.
Love, referring to his appeal, told press and supporters outside the court: "This means we've been given a higher platform. There will be justice. Don't let the bastards get you down."
Davis, who has been linked with attacks on the Westboro Baptist Church, Gawker and the government websites of Zimbabwe, Syria, Ireland and others, called Love's trial an "absurd ordeal".
"This level of pressure and bullying from the US is unacceptable. No real evidence delivered to defence at all," he claimed.
"The support for Lauri from the public and legal experts from multiple countries has been overwhelming. It will continue."
Love could face up to 99 years in prison if found guilty by a US court.
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