Clegg: UK May Not Be Able to Stop McKinnon Extradition

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has suggested that the government may not have the power to halt the extradition of Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon.

Contradicting statements he made during the election saying that the then Home Secretary Alan Johnson was capable of reversing the court's decision to extradite McKinnon, Clegg has said the government may not be able to reverse the decision, allowing McKinnon to be tried in the UK instead of the US.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the deputy PM said: “It's legally very complex but on the morality and principle of it, I haven’t changed my view one little bit, which is that it would be right for Gary McKinnon to be tried in this country.”

The US government has accused Gary McKinnon of hacking into several US military computers, including those belonging to NASA and Pentagon, shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The extradition case is currently on hold until new Home Secretary Theresa May has reviewed evidence suggesting Gary McKinnon is too mentally vulnerable to cope with extradition.