McKinnon Lawyers Try Last Ditch Attempt To Save Him

Gary McKinnon, who is probably considered by some in the US as the most infamous hacker in history, has once again urged for his trial in UK courts instead of being extradited to US.

McKinnon had already confessed breaking into US military’s computer systems back in 2001 and 2002, in order to get some useful information about the unidentified flying objects (UFOs), which he thought to have been concealed by the US government.

His act has been treated as cyber-terrorism by the US, and if he gets extradited to US for trial, he could face a sentence for up to 70 years in jail.

McKinnon’s lawyers have sent an application to the Crown Prosecution Service for conducting his trials in UK and the authority have vowed to respond back within four weeks.

Decision on McKinnon’s extradition to the US is supposed to be made within few days, and in this situation, his chances for UK trials will be examined by Keir Starmer QC.

Lawyers further asserted that McKinnon’s hacking act was a consequence of Asperger’s Syndrome, with which McKinnon was diagnosed in August last year.

Upholding McKinnon’s recent plea for trial in UK courts, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, said in a news conference that McKinnon’s offence “should be treated as the activity of somebody with a disability rather than a criminal activity”.

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It would be great if the new US President gave a presidential pardon to McKinnon. He has been in limbo for way too long; Freegary.org.uk also notes that Gary has not confessed to causing any "financial damage" and that if the appeal to the DPP fails, he will "really have come to the end of the line".

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