US 'should employ' hacker Gary McKinnon, peers hear

originally by: BBC News
published: 16th December 2010

The United States should recruit computer hacker Gary McKinnon to prevent future Wikileaks revelations rather than imprisoning him, a former MP told peers during questions on 16 December 2010. Mr McKinnon has spent the past six years facing the threat of extradition to the US after he hacked into military computers.

The 44-year-old, from Wood Green, north London, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

Baroness Browning, an MP until this year’s general election, asked Home Office minister Baroness Neville-Jones: “Do you agree that in the light of the damage caused to the American government by WikiLeaks that rather than trying to imprison an autistic savant, the Pentagon would do well to employ Gary McKinnon to sort out the weaknesses in their computer system?”

Lady Neville-Jones, who did not answer the question directly, had earlier told peers that a judicial review of a decision by the previous home secretary to uphold an order for Mr McKinnon’s extradition “stands adjourned”.

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