MPs join protesters to show support for McKinnon

Home Office protest pushes for Home Secretary Alan Johnson to reconsider Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US for hacking.

Gary McKinnon

Supporters yesterday braved cold weather in London to show their support for hacker Gary McKinnon - and to push the government to halt his extradition to the US to face charges of breaking into Pentagon and NASA systems.

McKinnon's lawyers, supporters and mother have argued to courts, parliament and through the newspapers that the extradition treaty between the two countries is unfair. They also fear the Asperger's Syndrome sufferer could commit suicide if sent to serve time in the US.

Yesterday, about 50 supporters protested outside the Home Office, before heading to Buckingham Palace in the hopes of urging the Queen to step in.

Those supporters included MPs Nick Clegg and David Burrowes, as well as McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Burrowes, who is McKinnon's MP, told the paper: "We have to got to try we can to make sure that the home secretary knows the strength of feeling. The case for Gary increases each day."

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