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Lawyer: LulzSec hacker Cleary will NOT be extradited to the US

The young British man alleged to have conspired with an infamous hacking group to compromise high-profile websites including those belonging to the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) (opens in new tab) will not be extradited to the US (opens in new tab), his solicitor claimed today.

Ryan Cleary, 20, is said to have had links with Anonymous-related (opens in new tab) hacking group Lulz Security (LulzSec) (opens in new tab). Yesterday, he was issued with an indictment in California that claimed the Essexonian ran a powerful botnet used to execute distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks (opens in new tab), vandalise websites, and steal sensitive data on behalf of the anti-sec group.

However, today his solicitors at legal firm Kaim Todner have stated that it would be highly unusual for Mr Cleary, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and is already in UK custody, to be moved to the US for prosecution.

"As yet, no decision has been made as to which charges Mr Cleary will deny or accept, but we can state now that should any application be made for Mr Cleary's extradition then it will be fiercely contested," said lawyer Karen Todner.

"Mr Cleary suffers from Asperger's syndrome and is on the autistic spectrum and extradition to the United States is totally undesirable. We would once again urge the UK government, particularly in light of the evidence of internet and computer cases coming through the courts, that they now review the US Extradition Treaty," she added.

(ed : Another fellow UK hacker, Gary McKinnon also suffers from the same condition (opens in new tab)).

Cleary was taken into custody in March (opens in new tab) after breaching the bail conditions imposed on him following his arrest last June over five computer-related offences linked to LulzSec.

It is not clear at this stage what kind of penalty a UK court may look to impose on Mr Cleary if he is found guilty, but the maximum term he could serve in the US would be 25 years.

The confident announcement by Cleary's solicitors comes on the same day that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - a hero to Anonymous supporters - had what is likely to be his final bid against extradition to Sweden denied (opens in new tab) by the UK's Supreme Court.

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