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Obama softens stance on accused U.K. hacker McKinnon

John E. Dunn, IDG News Service | May 26, 2011
President Obama has thrown a nugget of hope to accused U.K. hacker Gary McKinnon, describing the long-running extradition case as being "in the hands of the British legal system."

If either rules in his favor, McKinnon will stand trial in the U.K. under less draconian sentencing guidelines.

McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, who has campaigned for her son to stand trial in the U.K., welcomed Obama's remarks.

"The fact that two such powerful men had four questions [in the press conference] and one of them was all about Gary, it was overwhelming ... that they took the time to talk about Gary was incredible," she was reported to have said.


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