Home secretary Alan Johnson will hold talks Wednesday, September 9th with MPs representing the three main parties over the impending extradition of Gary McKinnon on “UFO” computer hacking charges. See an interview with Gary McKinnon here!
The 43-year-old, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, has faced a series of legal setbacks in his bid to avoid being extradited.
He claims he was looking for information on UFOs when he hacked into Pentagon computers in the weeks after the September 11th 2001 attacks, but US officials accuse him of causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage and want to put him on trial.
Last month his mother, Janis Sharp, issued another direct appeal to Barack Obama not to extradite him.
“Please Obama,” Janis Sharp said fighting back tears. “Don’t let the first person ever extradited for computer misuse to be a guy with Asperger’s who was hunting for UFOs – a really good gentle guy who’s never hurt anyone and who would never hurt anyone. Please stop this extradition.”
Gary McKinnon is awesome!