Sir Oliver Letwin to apologise to the Autism community

Sir Oliver Letwin to apologise to the Autism community

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Former Tory cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin saying on live radio that global networks could be attacked by “some autistic person”.

His comments came during an interview on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme about his new book, Apocalypse How?, which is set in 2037 and explains how the world is moving towards becoming dependent on “one network”. 


“If that network goes down, everything we rely on stops,” Letwin said during the interview on Wednesday.

“There are so many ways these networks could be attacked,” he said, arguing that technology is vulnerable to changes in nature and terrorist attacks. 

“Or in fact just some autistic person or some strange youth sitting in some place in the world who is connected to our network by the internet, who gets in and does something. 

“And my point therefore is – you can’t have perfect protection,” he added, calling for an “analogue fallback” to global systems. 

 

The dismissive way he referred to autistic people is offensive.” 

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