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(London, UK) British autism campaigners have launched a new online petition in support of Gary McKinnon. The petition has the full support of Mrs Janice Sharp, McKinnon’s mother. UK autism charities are now supporting the petition and organisers hope that thousands will sign it.

Gary McKinnon recently lost his appeal in the High Court in London and his legal team have 28 days to take action. Gary McKinnon is fighting extradition to the US. He had hacked into US military and Nasa computers between 2001 and 2002. Campaigners however point out to the fact that he was looking for evidence for UFOs and he was not a spy or a terrorist.

McKinnon is attracting huge support in the UK. Leader of the Opposition David Cameron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg, Leading parliamentarians Dr. Vince Cable, Lee Scott, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and author Nick Hornby are among those supporting McKinnon. Over 100 British MPs have supported him in the House of Commons.

Leading musicians Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde and Dave Gilmour have released a song ‘Chicago’ in support of Gary McKinnon.

Autism campaigners Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation and Kevin Healey who has Asperger’s Syndrome and chairs the Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society have appealed directly to President Obama urging him to show compassion and allow McKinnon to be tried in the UK.

Several British newspapers such as the Daily Mail are running front page campaigns in support of Gary McKinnon. Recently Peter Hain, the Welsh Secretary became the first Cabinet member of the Government to speak out in support of Gary McKinnon.

The online petition is the brainchild of Kevin Healey of SAAS and it is gaining support. SAAS is backed by the UK Autism Foundation, Autism Trust and other charities.

The Gary McKinnon online petition:

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