McKinnon solicitor calls for Obama intervention

McKinnon solicitor calls for Obama intervention

Summary: Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon's legal team has called on US president Barack Obama to discuss McKinnon's extradition case during the president's UK visit.Obama began a three-day state visit to the UK on Tuesday.

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Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon's legal team has called on US president Barack Obama to discuss McKinnon's extradition case during the president's UK visit.

Obama began a three-day state visit to the UK on Tuesday. McKinnon's solicitor Karen Todner called on Obama and UK prime minister David Cameron to further discuss McKinnon's case.

"Gary McKinnon's plight remains desperate," said Todner on Tuesday. "We hope that following president Obama's visit to the United Kingdom he will not forget Gary's plight and that these two leaders will discuss Gary's situation and seek to bring this terrible case to a positive end."

Obama spoke of an "appropriate solution" to McKinnon's situation during a July 2010 visit to the US by Cameron.

Todner on Tuesday repeated calls for McKinnon to be tried in the UK. The Londoner, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and is said to be at risk of suicide, remains in limbo while his legal team and the Home Office discuss a fresh diagnosis. The current impasse has continued since November 2010.

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  • This is making me sooo angry. I accuse the US Attorney General of attempted crime against humanity and would like to bring him to the international court of justice in The Hague. Shame upon the US ! Shame !
    Delsing-4943c
  • Delsing, are you writing from prison? Gary is a criminal , self confessed, and it is he and his team of lawyers & his mother that are delaying all of this action, not the U.S. DA. Shall we all just overlook crimes and criminals? Shame on YOU for trying to distract the readers to believe it is everyone else's fault but Gary. the U.S. DA is doing his job and is doing it well. I hope the extradition goes through and Gary gets a fair trial for the crime he committed, not the soft British justice system's take on computer misuse where he gets 6 weeks suspended sentence and care & counseling on my tax money. Shame on YOU, shame on Gary I say!
    oreos-9a144
  • Oreo, I'm writing from freedom, this includes freedom of mind, and you seem to have a bit of trouble with the notion of freedom as you don't seem to find it important and even wish to incarcerate the mentally handicapped. MAy I ask you if you're writing from the US (embassy?)
    Delsing-4943c
  • Delsing, No I'm not. I'm writing from my home in Ipswich. I've followed this story for years, waiting for our justice system to do the right thing and allow extradition for this criminal. I've visited america many times, and I don't believe it to be the draconian third world country that every pro Gary person is trying to make it out to be in support of allowing this man to go free for his crimes.
    oreos-9a144
  • Oreo, OK, we differ in opinion. My perception is that Gary is not a criminal and may even have helped the US to improve its data security. I cannot understand the US prosecutors following so rigidly their assupmtions of guilt, I can not understand the draconian threats of the US judicial system and I believe the US looses credit in the free world for these exhibits of their - euphemistically expressed "particularities".
    Delsing-4943c