Ryan Cleary has Asperger’s syndrome, court hears

Ryan Cleary, the teenager whose arrest last Monday made international headlines linking him to the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, has been diagnosed as suffering from Asperger’s syndrome a court has been told.

According to a BBC news report, defence lawyer Ben Cooper told the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court that his client’s condition was recently diagnosed by a psychologist.

Inevitably, parallels will be drawn with the ongoing case of Gary McKinnon, the British hacker who has been fighting extradition to the United States after breaking into computer systems…

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