The McKinnon family were hoping that President Obama would simply halt the proceedings and allow Gary to be tried at home due to his challenging mental and emotional state. But instead Obama simply said that he would "await resolution" (from British legal system) and "be respectful of that process." The problem that McKinnon faces is that British courts have already refused to block his extradition for over a decade and it doesn't look like they are willing to change. The Extradition Act is very clearly biased toward the United States. Obama basically left the issue in the hands of the British government. But that could mean that Britain must abide by its extradition laws or that McKinnon can be tried in the UK. None of this was very clear.
We don't know what sort of discussions are going on behind closed doors regarding this issue. But we do know that it is an issue that is very much in the minds of the Prime Minister and the President as they did engage in conversation about this while the President was in the UK.
However, US Attorney General, Eric Holder only this month said that McKinnon would be extradited and "held accountable for all the crimes that he committed."
McKinnon has been living as a virtual prisoner for more than a decade. It's time to put an end to his misery.