McKinnon lawyers hope May changes the tune

By politics.co.uk staff

Lawyers representing Gary McKinnon, the British hacker facing extradition to the United States, have made representations to Theresa May.

With a new home secretary now responsible for the case, activists are hoping the fight to keep Mr McKinnon in the UK could have reached a turning point.

Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg are on the record saying it would be wrong to send Mr McKinnon to north America.

Mr McKinnon’s lawyer Karen Todner said the solicitors firm Kaim Todner had asked Mrs May to “intervene and prevent the extradition”.

“We hope the new Liberal-Conservative Government will act upon their previous public statements that it would be unjust to extradite Mr McKinnon,” she said.

Mr McKinnon, a UFO enthusiast, admitted to hacking into 97 computers at the US defence department and Nasa from his flat in north London.