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Extradition Of UFO Hunter 'Would Violate His Rights'

LAWYERS for a British man accused of hacking into US military computers say sending him to the United States would violate his rights because he is autistic and would suffer unnecessarily.

US prosecutors say 43-year-old Gary McKinnon broke into 97 computers belonging to NASA, the Department of Defense and several branches of the military soon after the September 11, 2001, attacks. McKinnon says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told the High Court in London yesterday that sending him to the US carried "an avoidable and unnecessary risk of serious psychological suffering."


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