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UFO hacker Gary McKinnon declines latest psychiatric test

McKinnon with mother Janis Sharp (credit: FreeGary.org)
Gary McKinnon has been in a legal battle for more than a decade, and has been fighting extradition to the United States since 2006. The forty-six-year-old Scotsman admits to hacking into ninety-seven US military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002 in search of UFO evidence.

Experts have concluded that it is likely McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, will commit suicide if extradited to the U.S. But as the Welwyn Hatfield Times recently reported, at McKinnon’s last court appearance on July 5, ministers, including Home Secretary Theresa May, want a new medical report before a ruling is made. May cited a personal concern that McKinnon had not been examined by a Home Office-appointed medical assessor. London’s High Court gave McKinnon two weeks to decide if he will take a medical test “to determine if he is fit to be extradited.”

McKinnon has reportedly refused the medical test.

His mother, Janis Sharp, told BBC Three Counties Radio, “It is not a refusal, he had no choice – it is an impossibility because the assessment they want him to have is by someone who has no experience and wouldn’t be able to diagnose his suicide risk.” Three leading Asperger’s experts already concluded that McKinnon “was at extreme risk of suicide if extradited,” and that he is “unfit for trial.”

Sharp told the BBC, “I’m sure that Theresa May will do what’s right, and make a just and compassionate decision now and allow Gary to begin to regain some of the life he has lost.”

The case returns to London’s High Court on Tuesday, July 24.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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