By Christopher Mackie
22 July 2010
COMPUTER hacker Gary McKinnon may be allowed to spend part of any prison
sentence imposed by a United States court in a British jail, after David
Cameron revealed it was one of a range of options being discussed by
diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Prime Minister said UK officials had been in talks with the US
ambassador on the fate of Mr McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger's and
is due to be extradited to the US to face charges he illegally accessed
Nasa and Pentagon computers.
His supporters maintain he is ill and should not be sent to the US, and
they were given hope on Tuesday, with US president Barack Obama
indicating he wished to find an "appropriate solution" to the row after
it was raised by Mr Cameron during White House talks.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister, who has publicly condemned plans to send
Mr McKinnon to the US to face trial, said his government had held
discussion with US officials, and that allowing the Glasgow-born hacker
to serve time in a UK jail was "one potential outcome" of the talks. He
said they had been working on options "where perhaps some of (the
sentence] - if there is a prison sentence - is served in a British
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