McKinnon solicitor calls for Obama intervention

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.

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.