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Feb 12

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon’s treatment ‘barbaric’

Gary McKinnon Right: Gary McKinnon has been fighting extradition to America for 10 years

The mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon has delivered letters and poems to Downing Street to mark the 10th anniversary of her son’s arrest.

Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is accused of hacking US military computer systems in 2002.

Janis Sharp said the treatment of her son, who admits hacking into military computers but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs, was “barbaric”.

“Ten years have gone by and still Gary lives in a nightmare world,” she said.

Ms Sharp, from Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire, urged Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue with US President Barack Obama when the two leaders meet at the White House next month.

“This endless pressure on an Aspergic man with severe mental health issues is barbaric,” she said.

“And for what? A foolish act that caused embarrassment to the US.

“Where has our sense of proportion gone?”

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