Gary McKinnon is on suicide watch after the Home Secretary’s decision not to fight America’s extradition request for Mr McKinnon to face charges of breaching US military and NASA computers. Gary McKinnon, 43, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, is accused of breaking into NASA and Pentagon computer systems searching for evidence of UFOs.
Alyn Smith, Member of the European Parliament’s Scottish National Party has said, “The London government has progressively eroded civil liberties in the UK.”
“This case is just the latest in a long line of examples of the UK government kowtowing to the US over the rights of our citizens, and in this case purely to spare the red faces of the US military and Nasa, and all thanks to a legally lopsided extradition treaty which should never have been passed in the first place,” said Smith.
“While it is clear that the US military and Nasa have been left red-faced by Gary McKinnon’s actions, to put this man’s life at risk merely to pander to their embarrassment shows no compassion from the US authorities, and similarly none from the UK government who have been so willing to bow down to these demands from Washington,” said Smith.
“I have no faith in the US judicial system and am extremely concerned that the Home Secretary can be so relaxed about handing over a very vulnerable individual for a crime that was, after all, committed on UK soil,” said Smith.
“I have today written to the EU Commissioner for Justice to request that she urgently acts to prevent Gary’s extradition,” said Smith.
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