Hacker Gary McKinnon May Avoid US Extradition

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has hinted that hacker Gary McKinnon could serve a jail sentence in Britain instead of being extradited to the US.

McKinnon, who suffers from the Asperger's syndrome, was charged by the US government for hacking into military and NASA computers. McKinnon had claimed that he was only looking for information about UFOs.

Following a meeting today with US president Barack Obama, Cameron suggested that McKinnon could possibly serve time in a UK prison if sentenced.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Cameron said: "That is one potential outcome and I'll be working very hard to make sure that these things are discussed between the two governments.

"If we can reach a settlement, then all to the good," Cameron added. "I don't want to make a prediction because there are many difficult issues that have to be worked through."

President Obama stated that the issue can be resolved, in a lawful way, if the two countries work together.

Speaking to UK newspaper The Guardian, McKinnon's lawyer, Karen Todner, said: “We're very pleased that David Cameron has raised this and had a face-to-face discussion about Gary. Obama has used the term appropriate solution, and the appropriate solution is that he stands trial in the UK.”