Computer hacker Gary McKinnon no al-Qaeda mastermind, say MPs

Citing the case of computer hacker Gary McKinnon, MPs have called on government to change the UK-US extradition treaty, which they say is unbalanced.

UK MPs have called on new laws to change the extradition treaty with the US which many believe is unbalanced.

Citing the case of Gary McKinnon, MPs called on government to change the UK-US extradition treaty.

MP Dominic Raab said that Gary McKinnon, who is fighting extradition to the US to stand trial for hacking Pentagon computers, should not be treated like some gangland mobster or al-Qaeda mastermind.

The US government has accused Gary McKinnon of hacking 73,000 federal and military computers and causing some $800,000 in damage. If convicted, McKinnon – who suffers from a form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome – faces up to 60 years in a US jail. McKinnon admits that he hacked into Pentagon systems in 1999, but says he was searching for evidence of UFOs.

He has been under threat of extradition ever since.

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