Barack Obama has given the strongest hint yet that the US may be willing to drop extradition proceedings against British hacker Gary McKinnon, after saying on Wednesday that the matter is in the hands of the UK government.
During a joint press conference with prime minister David Cameron, Obama reportedly said that the case is "in the hands of the British legal system", giving hope to McKinnon campaigners who have argued that he should be tried in the UK because he suffers from mental health problems.
Cameron acknowledged "the anguish of [McKinnon's] mother and his family about this issue", but said that the case is still in front of home secretary Theresa May, who will decide whether McKinnon should be extradited.
May has made it clear that she will listen to new representations from McKinnon's legal team and supporters.
McKinnon is accused of breaking into the computer systems of Nasa and the Pentagon when looking for what he claimed was information on UFOs. He could face up to 60 years in a maximum security prison if found guilty in the US.
McKinnon's supporters have campaigned against his extradition on the ground that he has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and may not be able to cope with the stress of being sent abroad.
The case has rumbled on for several years with successive prime ministers and presidents taking different stances.
V3.co.uk readers have been far clearer in their view on McKinnon, arguing that his hacking skills should earn him a government job.
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