Pentagon Hacker's Mother Is Confident Extradition Will Be Halted

The mother of Gary McKinnon, the autistic British man wanted in the US for hacking into the Pentagon, has expressed confidence that the UK's new coalition government will stop her son being extradited to the US.

McKinnon has admitted to hacking into the US military's computer systems while looking for information about UFOs.

After his arrest in the UK under the Computer Misuse Act, McKinnon was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a revelation that allowed his lawyers to appeal against the extradition order.

Then-Justice Secretary Jack Straw refused to stop the extradition, leading both opposition leaders, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg and Conservative David Cameron, to promise that they would take action to stop it if elected.

The formation of the new coalition government has sparked hopes for McKinnnon's family and friends, who believe the new government will halt the extradition before judicial review of his appeal begins next week.

McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, said: “I’m confident, but I’m more scared than I’ve ever been, because it’s so close to the end. It’s been a very emotional time, especially for Gary.”