Obama discusses Gary McKinnon hacker extradition case

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Barack Obama said he would "respect" the legal process in the case of British computer hacker Gary McKinnon who is wanted in the US, signalling his government was prepared to soften its stance.

There were calls for the US president to use his state visit to Britain to scrap American attempts to extradite the Asperger's sufferer.

The 45-year-old from Wood Green, north London, faces 60 years behind bars for hacking into Pentagon and Nasa computers between February 2001 and March 2002 while searching for evidence of extra terrestrials.