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U.S. courts loom closer for alleged hacker

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Perhaps not what you'd expect to see outside a British court, from a man facing extradition. Lauri Love, accused of hacking computer systems at the heart of the US government, singing and hugging friends. Just before a UK judge decided the 32 year old, with Asperger syndrome, would be sent to the US to stand trial.
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I'm Reuters reporter Tom Barton in London. Lauri emerged from the court showing the same defiance that he had before going in, despite the judges decision. Love, who suffers episodes of depression and psychosis, has warned he will kill himself rather than be sent to a US prison. Authorities there say he's connected to the hacking group Anonymous.
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>> I've got other stuff to do, to be frank about it, and studying investing and working information security, and trying to fix things that break in the world, I'm doing the best I can. This will be a bit of a distraction. I really worry for the toll it's taking on my health, and my family's because of the stress.
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>> US authorities say Love was involved in hacks in 2012 and 13 on state agencies including the FBI, US Army, Missile Defense Agency and Federal Reserve. Officials argue it caused millions of dollars worth of damage, but further detail about the claims has not yet been revealed. Reuters correspondent, Peter Hobson was in court for the verdict.
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>> It's not entire clear what he is alleged to have done. The accusations are that he committed fraud, and that he penetrated these systems, and he committed some damage. But Mr. Love has not seen any evidence against him. All of that would be revealed only if he stood trial in courtrooms in the United States.
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>> If that happens, and he's found guilty, Love faces lifetime in prison. The case is now being referred to Britain's Home Secretary who could block the extradition. Love's lawyers say they will appeal the decision.