Lawyers for British hacker lodge appeal

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Associated Press

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 3:14 PM

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers for a Briton accused of hacking into U.S. military computers in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks say they have lodged another appeal against his extradition.

U.S. prosecutors accuse Gary McKinnon of hacking into dozens of computers belonging to NASA, the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and the Department of Defense and have spent seven years seeking his extradition from Britain. McKinnon says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

His family and lawyers say he has a form of autism. The British government refused last month to intervene to stop the extradition.

McKinnon's lawyer Karen Todner said Thursday that they have new evidence that McKinnon is suicidal and could not survive the American prison system. They have lodged an appeal in Britain's High Court.

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