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Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:17

Essex hacker mentally ill, claims his mum

Written by Nick Farell
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Criminal masterminds are not what they used to be
The bloke who UK cops are convinced is the mastermind behind the Lulzsec attacks is mentally ill, claims his mum.

Ryan Cleary has been charged with bringing down the websites of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) as well as attacking the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

But while Lulzsec denies he was one of them, Cleary's mum Rita said that the 19-year-old had suffered mental and emotional problems since early childhood and attempted to take his own life at the age of 10. Ryan was first excluded from school at the age of five and lived as a virtual recluse in his bedroom at the family's bungalow in Wickford, Essex. He left his bedroom only to use the bathroom, Cleary said.

The teenager had been diagnosed with ADHD, agrophobia and Emotional Behaviour Disorder, she added. As a kid he had been “completely fearless” and unable to grasp the consequences of his actions, sometimes jumping into the path of traffic or even starting fires in the house. Mrs Cleary, who has bipolar disorder, herself said that she might have been able to do more to protect her baby,” she said. The teenager’s 22-year-old half brother, Mitchell, told the Daily Telegraph that Ryan was not some kind of criminal mastermind ... he’s just a boy.

What is worrying is that the US will want to extradite him which would result in his death. The case has parallels with that of Gary McKinnon, the Asperger’s sufferer who has been fighting extradition to the US for six years accused of hacking into the Pentagon IT systems.

Karen Todner, Mr McKinnon’s solicitor, said she hoped the Foreign Office would have “learned lessons” from her client’s case, and that Mr Cleary would be dealt with in the UK.


Nick Farell

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+5 #1 yourma2000 2011-06-23 10:32
Haha, 19 years old and he still needs a sicknote from his mum...

"Dear FBI,

My son is unable to be extradited this week as he is currently suffering from mental illness, but should be fine next time,

Sincerely yours, Mrs Cleary"
 
 
-9 #2 fuadzilla 2011-06-23 10:44
if they can't get ryan, they will get mrs leary. it'd be fine, as they just wanna see ppl die.
 
 
-12 #3 Alterecho 2011-06-23 11:54
Well this guy is okay if he is really suffering but the other Lulzsec are not. No excuse for them..
 
 
+13 #4 123s 2011-06-23 12:59
Probably just a lulzlizard, poor guy
 
 
+3 #5 Boomstick777 2011-06-23 23:54
Apparently when the police entered the house they were unsure if the suspect was actually home, as he had been under survellance for weeks and not left the house. The guy obviously does have problems, ADHD, agrophobia and Emotional Behaviour Disorder etc...

There is no way this kid should face extradition! The justice system is a mess, as baby P's suspect lodger soon walks from prison, a young 19yr geek faces up to 70 years in prison, the world is a f**cked up place!
 
 
+2 #6 thetruth 2011-06-24 00:57
Quoting Boomstick777:
The guy obviously does have problems, ADHD, agrophobia and Emotional Behaviour Disorder etc...


I think you're missing the point. If what he is accused of doing is true, then he has committed a crime. One that would have required a lot of planning and deliberate actions to carry out. This is about on par with Warrior 24 blaming personal issues on the quality of his posts. Even a mentally retarded person would have to go some to be just as stupid as he is. In the same way, you can't just accidentally hack and insult large companies without expecting some sort of response. (Regardless of how you feel about their moral fibre)
 
 
+5 #7 Boomstick777 2011-06-24 01:34
@thetruth

Yes I agree that it is a crime and needs punishment, but the punishment is not fitting of the crime, how can a man who was parry to a family killing a child walk from prison after a few years? Then a 19yr kid who accesses restricted information face up to 70 years in prison? Where is the sense in today's justice system?
 
 
+3 #8 BorgOvermind 2011-06-24 07:23
Punishment will only make things more interesting.

As for him, give him control of the nuke silos. :D
 
 
-3 #9 thetruth 2011-06-24 23:36
Quoting Boomstick777:
how can a man who was parry to a family killing a child walk from prison after a few years?


So what are you saying?

1) The sentence for the family killer was right, and this hacker case should be smaller than that?

2) The sentence for the family killer was wrong?

Either way, I see no way that it is related to the hacker case. Please enlighten me. At the moment it seems a bit like you're tagging a controversial case to your comment in order to justify lighter sentences on other cases.
 

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