A British hacker has offered a guilty plea to avoid extradition to the United States.

The lawyer for Gary McKinnon, Karen Todner, has signed a statement admitting an offence under Britain's Computer Misuse Act. She has said that she was hopeful that Britain's director of public prosecutions would accept the plea, allowing McKinnon to face proceedings in Britain rather than the U.S.


McKinnon's lawyers are to ask the High Court to allow them one more challenge to the government's decision to approve extradition. Despite McKinnon being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, British and European courts have rejected repeated legal attempts to prevent his extradition.


If the High Court refuses, McKinnon will have exhausted his legal options. If he is extradited to the United States, he will face trial on eight charges of computer fraud. Each count could bring a sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but U.S. prosecutors have said he would likely receive a much lighter sentence.