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Hacker signs confession to escape US extradition

PUBLISHED: 14:28 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 07 September 2010

Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon

COMPUTER hacker Gary McKinnon has signed a formal confession in a last-ditch attempt to avoid his extradition to the US, his family have confirmed. Former Highgate Wood School pupil Mr McKinnon, 42, is currently awaiting extradition after being accused of

COMPUTER hacker Gary McKinnon has signed a formal confession in a last-ditch attempt to avoid his extradition to the US, his family have confirmed.

Former Highgate Wood School pupil Mr McKinnon, 42, is currently awaiting extradition after being accused of causing $700,000 worth of damage when he allegedly hacked into US security systems from his Crouch End home in 2002.

Wilson Sharp, who has been Mr McKinnon's stepfather for 36 years, said: "Gary admitted hacking into the systems when he was originally caught but this is more formal.

"In order that he is tried in this country, they need to know that he is an open and shut case."

"Even though Gary admits what he did was stupid, it was not malicious and he has always denied damage."

Mr McKinnon, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in August, will be orally applying to the High Court for permission for judicial review through his lawyer on January 20.

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