Barack Obama to be asked not to extradite UFO hacker Gary McKinnon

Barack Obama is to receive a personal plea from peers, MPs and mental health experts to halt the extradition of a British computer hacker who suffers from a form of autism.
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Gary McKinnon, the British man facing extradition to the US to face trial for breaking into the Pentagon computer systems has been accused of 'the biggest hack of military computers ever' Photo: REUTERS

Campaigners will call on the US president to let Gary McKinnon face trial in his home country for breaking into Nasa and Pentagon networks, rather than sending him to America where he could be jailed for up to 60 years in a high-security prison.

They will say that the 43 year-old has Asperger syndrome – a type of autism that makes him shy and prone to obsessive behaviour – and warn that his condition would likely deteriorate were he to be taken away from his home and family then jailed abroad.

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