Hacker Gary McKinnon’s mother has welcomed US President Barack Obama’s comments on her son’s extradition to the US.
McKinnon runs the risks of being extradited to the US for hacking into Pentagon and NASA computer systems between February 2001 and March 2002. The hacker, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, claims that he was looking for evidence on the existence on aliens. McKinnon faces up to sixty years in prison for his crimes.
“We have proceeded through all the processes required under our extradition agreements. It's now in the hands of the British legal system,” Obama said during a press conference in London.
"We have confidence in the British legal system coming to a just conclusion, and so we will await resolution and we will be respectful of that process," he added.
According to an article on BBC, the hacker’s mother, Janis Sharp welcomed Obama’s stance on the extradition. She described Obama’s comments as ‘very positive’.
Meanwhile, UK prime minister David Cameron said that his case was now in front of the Home Secretary who needed to base the decision on McKinnon’s health and his well-being. He also sympathised with McKinnon’s mother and his friends.