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Alleged Suffolk computer hacker may help investigators to prosecute him to ‘get it over and done with’

20 February, 2018 - 09:13
Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Picture: KIRSTY O'CONNOR/PA WIRE

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Picture: KIRSTY O'CONNOR/PA WIRE

Alleged Suffolk computer hacker Lauri Love has said he may help British investigators prepare charges against him to prevent the case remaining open against him indefinitely.

The 33-year-old from Stradishall is alleged to have stolen vast amounts of data online in 2012 and 2013 from US agencies.

Earlier in the month, the High Court ruled that Mr Love should not be extradited to the US, stating that it would be oppressive to his heath.

US authorities have confirmed they will not fight the decision.

Speaking to the Press Association on Monday, Mr Love told reporters that if UK investigators could not formulate a strong enough case to prosecute, the case could remain open indefinitely in the US.

He said: “The US may for whatever reason be somewhat reluctant to co-operate with sending evidence, so the CPS may find it’s difficult to prosecute the case.

“I may have to help them in order to get it over and done with.

“If I’m not convicted or acquitted here then the US can keep the case open indefinitely.

“If there is no evidence I might have to make a decision, do I do the job of the state for them and help them prosecute me?”

American authorities fought for Mr Love to be extradited to the US to face a trial over the cyber-hacking charges, which is believed to relate to organisations including Federal Reserve, the US army, the defence department, NASA and the FBI.

Lawyers said if he had been extradited he could have faced a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if found guilty.

But the University of Suffolk student said he does not believe he committed any crime.

He added: “I’m not at all convinced that I committed any crimes. It’s for the US to cough up a bit of evidence.”

Mr Love, who has Asperger syndrome, a depressive illness and severe eczema, said following the High Court ruling: “It’s the first time in four years that I’ve been confident that I have a future in my life.”

His parents Alexander and Sirkka Love spoke of their relief following the High Court ruling, with the couple stating that closure was needed by either completely vindicating him or being found guilty.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed he would not be extradited.

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