Hacker Fights Extradition With Asperger’s Claim
Lawyers for a British man accused of hacking into computer systems at NASA, the U.S. military and the U.S. Department of Defense say the man should not be extradited to the United States because he has Asperger’s syndrome.
The lawyers claim the man could be at risk for psychosis or suicide if he is separated from his family or put in a high security prison, given his diagnosis on the autism spectrum.
The man, Gary McKinnon, 42, says he was looking for information about UFOs when he accessed the government computer systems. He is requesting a trial in Britain instead of the United States and has indicated that he’s willing to plead guilty. Britain’s High Court is considering McKinnon’s request and is expected to reach a decision later this week, reports The Associated Press.
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