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UFO Hacker Saga Continues - Video

From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:37:29 +0200
Archived: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:36:02 -0400
Subject: UFO Hacker Saga Continues - Video



Dear Colleagues,

Published on BBC site on May 25th, 2011. You can see the video
directly at the link below. Pasted article follows:


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Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13551467

25 May 2011

Hacker Gary McKinnon's mother welcomes Obama comments

Gary McKinnon's family have welcomed the president's comments
The mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon has welcomed
comments by President Barack Obama about her son's possible
extradition to the US. Janis Sharp, who is fighting to keep her
son in the UK, described the president's words as "very
positive".

Mr Obama, who is on a state visit to the UK, said he would
"respect" the British legal process. Glasgow-born Mr McKinnon,
who has Asperger's syndrome, is accused of hacking US military
computer systems.

The 45-year-old - who lives in north London - faces up to 60
years in jail for hacking into Pentagon and Nasa computers
between February 2001 and March 2002. He does not deny hacking
into the systems but insists he was seeking evidence of UFOs.
His case is currently before Home Secretary Theresa May, who has
to make a final decision as to whether Mr McKinnon should be
extradited.

'Widespread Concern'

Speaking during a press conference in London, Mr Obama said: "We
have proceeded through all the processes required under our
extradition agreements. It's now in the hands of the British
legal system.

"We have confidence in the British legal system coming to a just
conclusion, and so we will await resolution and we will be
respectful of that process." The prime minister, referring to Mr
McKinnon by his first name, said he understood the "widespread
concern" about the way he would be treated if handed over to the
US authorities.

"The case is in front of the home secretary who has to consider
reports about Gary's health and his well-being and it is right
that she does that in a proper and effectively quasi-judicial
way," he said.

"I totally understand the anguish of his mother and family about
this issue. We must follow the proper processes and make sure
this case is dealt with in the proper way and I am sure that is
the case."

There has been a long-running campaign for Mr McKinnon to be
allowed to remain in the UK, and many politicians, including
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, have expressed concerns about
the case.

'Farcical Extradition'

Mr McKinnon's lawyer Karen Todner said she was "absolutely
delighted" if the comments meant the US was relaxing its
position.

"Bearing in mind we do have this special relationship, the fact
Mr Obama has come out and said he would respect the English
judicial system is wonderful," she said.

Gary McKinnon has been fighting extradition to the US for
several years Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights group
Liberty, said: "If, as the president says, he will be
'respectful' of our legal process, then he should be happy for
Gary to be dealt with here in the UK.

"If our government seeks to honour the words of both coalition
partners in opposition, it will decide that Gary's condition
warrants halting this farcical extradition immediately, so that
justice and compassion can be dispensed at home."

It is not yet known when Mrs May will decide whether Mr McKinnon
must be extradited. A Home Office spokeswoman said: "Extradition
can only be refused at this late stage in the process if the
home secretary decides that extradition would breach Gary
McKinnon's human rights. "The home secretary aims to reach a
decision as soon as is consistent with dealing fairly and
properly with all matters raised by Mr McKinnon's legal team."

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