McKinnon on the edge as home secretary mulls plea

Self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon could hear this week if last week's representations to the home secretary will stop his imminent extradition to the US. McKinnon's...

Self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon could hear this week if last week's representations to the home secretary will stop his imminent extradition to the US.

McKinnon's lawyer, Karen Todner of Kaim Todner, said the home secretary was going through "a couple of lever-arch files" of material related to a plea not to allow his extradition on medical grounds. She said a decision might be reached early this week. No date has been set for his extradition.

Todner said earlier that McKinnon was suffering from Asperger's syndrome, an autistic condition.

McKinnon faces US accusations that he was responsible for the biggest hack ever of military computers. If found guilty he could spend up to 60 years in jail. He has said he is willing to stand trial in the UK.

The former National High Tech Crime Unit arrested McKinnon for hacking offences in 2002. He has fought extradition in every available court in the UK and Europe since the US asked for his extradition in 2005. He lost his final appeal in the European Court of Human Rights on 28 August.

The result devastated him. Todner described McKinnon's present mood as "very low", and said he was not giving interviews.

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