David Cameron does U-turn on computer hacker Gary McKinnon – mirror.co.uk

David Cameron does U-turn on computer hacker Gary McKinnon

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By Justin Penrose

30/05/2010

David Cameron is to make a humiliating U-turn and allow computer hacker Gary McKinnon to be extradited to the US.

The Prime Minister intended to alter the law to let McKinnon, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, stay here on health grounds.

But the Government has been warned that the change would let terrorists such as hate preacher Abu Hamza stay for the same reasons.

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Mr McKinnon, 44, from Glasgow, hacked into the Pentagon computer system after 9/11. He claims he was looking for information on UFOs.

A Whitehall source said: “Home Secretary Theresa May has advised Cameron and Clegg that they do have the power to change the law – but it would have disastrous consequences.

“A bunch of terrorists including Hamza would fight their extradition to the US on medical grounds and be allowed to stay.”

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