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Government solicitors have granted an extra week for solicitors acting for Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, to lodge a judicial review on the Home Secretary's recent decision to allow extradition proceedings against Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon to proceed.

Alan Johnson re-started the clock on McKinnon's extradition last week despite medical evidence that the self-confessed hacker was potentially suicidal.

McKinnon's legal team have been given until 10 December to lodge an appeal, a week less than their requested extension of up until 17 December. Only a further judicial review or conceivably an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights stand between the 43-year-old Asperger's sufferer and a US trial for breaking into insecure US military systems in the months around the 9/11 attacks.

The former sys admin admits hacking insecure US military systems in the hunt for evidence about UFOs, but denies causing any damage. McKinnon and his supporters have fought a high profile campaign seeking his trial in the UK since the US began extradition proceedings in 2005.

News of a revised deadline to lodge a judicial review came in a statement from McKinnon's lawyers Kaim Todner. ®

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