A SCARBOROUGH autograph hunter has made a heartfelt appeal to US president Barack Obama in support of a suspected computer hacker.
Paul Bradley, of Norwood Street, has become interested in the case of Gary McKinnon, who is facing extradition to the US after claims he hacked into Government computer systems looking for evidence of UFOs.
Mr Bradley and Mr McKinnon both have Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people.
It can also lead to an obsessive interest in certain things, which for Mr Bradley has been a love of autograph hunting, culminating in his new book “Paul Bradley’s Galaxy of Stars”.
His letter to Barack Obama reads: “Mr President, can I explain to you please Sir that, like me, Gary is a sufferer of Asperger Syndrome. This can have the effect of hobbies and interests becoming obsessive. My own special interest is collecting autographs and signed photographs of movie stars. This has brought a great deal of pleasure and interest to me and my family.
“Sadly, Gary’s obsessive interest has led him, through no fault of his own, into an unknown area where his innocence has got the better of him. I am quite sure that he had no deliberate intention of violating your Government’s security and that everything he did was entirely without malice.” Mr Bradley has also sent the President a copy of his book, which he hopes will demonstrate that people with Asperger’s can channel their energies into worthwhile projects.