‘UFO hacker’ Gary McKinnon’s mum demands meeting with Nick Clegg

14:00 16 February 2011

Janis Sharp with son Gary McKinnon

Janis Sharp with son Gary McKinnon


‘UFO hacker’ Gary McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp has called on senior Lib Dems, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, to honour pre-election pledges to stop his extradition.

Nick Clegg MP

Mr McKinnon, 45, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, is wanted in the US for allegedly hacking into the Pentagon and NASA’s computers in search of evidence of UFOs 10 years ago.

Mrs Sharp, from Brookmans Park, told the WHT: “I’ve written to him [Nick Clegg] at his constituency and at Parliament to ask for a meeting with him.

“It was a week ago now so he’s obviously got these letters.”

She added: “I’m hoping he’ll respond because he stood with me as well as Chris Huhne, Danny Alexander and Alistair Carmichael.

“They all said if they got into power Gary wouldn’t be going anywhere.”

She added: “Nick Clegg said ‘if he goes to America he would never come back’.”

Mrs Sharp said she was worried that her son would take his own life if he was made to stand trial in the United States.

“We’ve got four of the top people who say Gary would commit suicide if he was extradited”, she said.

Home Secretary Theresa May halted the extradition last year subject to a reassessment of Mr McKinnon’s mental state.

But Mrs Sharp says she continues to struggle to ensure that an independent expert on Asperger’s will carry out the assessment and write the report on Mr McKinnon’s case.

She said that unless the assessment was done by someone well-versed in the condition vital findings could be missed. She added: “Outwardly they [Asperger’s sufferers] don’t show much facial expression so you don’t know what they’re feeling.

“Outside they can look fine, but inside the fires are burning.”

A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: “I can confirm the Deputy Prime Minister has received the letter and will respond in due course.”

1 comment

  • Why send Gary to the US anyway? I thought that the UK's MoD were looking for staff to test out their computer systems... Don't waste his talents!

    Report this comment


    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More news stories

Costcutter owner Loga Pradhaban outside his shop in Salisbury Square

Frustrated residents of Old Hatfield are calling for a deal to settle a long-running dispute that is holding up a popular redevelopment plan.

Courtney Goodhew, Annabelle Tobin, Gail Maisey, Jazz Tarry & Sarah Tobin with horses Bonnie & Lottie

Warden Lodge Horseball Team blazed a trail to glory when it won the British Horseball Association Open Championships 2015.

Yesterday, 18:14
Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has resigned from his role as international development minister

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has resigned from his Government minister’s role amid allegations he failed to act on claims of bullying in the Conservative Party, Downing Street has confirmed.

Yesterday, 13:03
St Francis Church in Welwyn Garden City will be holding its 17th Christmas Tree Festival

A church will be full of festive cheer as it holds its seventeenth Christmas Tree Festival.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Read the Welwyn Hatfield Times e-edition E-edition