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Parliamentary support builds for NASA hacker




Parliamentary support builds for NASA hacker
Parliamentary support builds for NASA hacker



http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10172024-83.html 

By Tom Espiner
Security
CNet News
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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