Autism expert: Nasa hacker should not be jailed

Autism expert: Nasa hacker should not be jailed

Summary: Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, says Gary McKinnon may experience 'psychiatric difficulties' if jailed

TOPICS: Security

Gary McKinnon's hack of US military systems should be considered "the activity of someone with a disability", according to professor Simon Baron Cohen, the autism expert who diagnosed McKinnon with Asperger's syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum.

Topic: Security

Tom Espiner

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  • Non-sense

    I guess the prison experience is not traumatic to other people? Jail is supposed to be traumatic -- that is why it is a deterent.