Stop passing the buck on Gary McKinnon and let British common sense prevail

We should be protecting Gary McKinnon, not catapulting him across the Atlantic, argues Boris Johnson.
AP Gary McKinnon Stop passing the buck and let British common sense prevail
Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into American military computers Photo: AP

Since it is now obvious that the British state is about to commit one of the most protoplasmic acts of self-abasement since Suez, and since the clock is now ticking to the moment when Gary McKinnon, 43, will be taken from his home in north London and put – if necessary by force – on a plane to America, it is time to pose the question everyone seems to have ignored.

Leave aside, for a moment, the morality of exporting the Asperger’s sufferer for trial in America. Can I ask, what is the point of having a trial at all? I simply do not understand what proposition is to be so expensively tested in this American courtroom.

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