By Tom Espiner
February 25, 2009
Support is building in the British Parliament and from legal experts for
self-confessed NASA hacker Gary McKinnon to be tried in the U.K.
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile of Berriew, Queen's Counsel, the
independent reviewer of Britain's antiterror laws, told CNET News sister
site ZDNet UK on Wednesday that McKinnon's diagnosis with Asperger's
Syndrome, a condition on the autistic spectrum, means he should be tried
in Britain rather than in the U.S.
McKinnon was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome last summer by Cambridge
University autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen. Despite the diagnosis, the
Home Office refused to halt McKinnon's extradition to the United States
to face charges of hacking 97 U.S. military computers.
McKinnon, who is 43 years old, faces up to 70 years in a maximum
security jail if tried and found guilty under U.S. antiterror laws. U.S.
prosecutors claim McKinnon was politically motivated to access the U.S.
Army, Navy, Air Force, and NASA systems. McKinnon claims he was
searching for UFOs.
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