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Wikileaks: US Rejected Brown Plea Over McKinnon Extradition

The US government rebuffed a deal proposed by Gordon Brown to allow British hacker Gary McKinnon to serve any prison sentence in the UK, classified US diplomatic cables revealed by Wikileaks have shown.

McKinnon, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2008, is accused of hacking into top secret US government computers in 2001-2. He said he accessed the computers to look for evidence of UFOs.

The Guardian reports (opens in new tab) that Brown made the appeal in a meeting with US ambassador to London Louis Susman, suggesting a deal that could see McKinnon serving out his sentence in the UK.

In a cable (opens in new tab) dating from October 2009 and published in The Guardian today, Susman told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "In August, PM Brown, in a one-on-one meeting with the ambassador, proposed a deal: that McKinnon plead guilty, make a statement of contrition, but serve any sentence of incarceration in the UK.”

"Brown cited deep public concern that McKinnon, with his medical condition, would commit suicide or suffer injury (if) imprisoned in a US facility."

Current Prime Minister David Cameron is also said to have raised the issue with the US, but has met with little success.

Cameron has since launched a review into the UK’s extradition treaty with the US and promises that UK Home Secretary Theresa May will make the decision whether or not to agree to the extradition demands.