Better known as the UFO-hacker, Gary McKinnon managed to break into NASA and Pentagon computers. UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced that Gary McKinnon won’t be extradited to US because of his Asperger syndrome and depression.
For the past ten years, hacker Gary McKinnon has been fighting extradition to America. The US government has pushed to have the UFO-hacker on trail here after Gary McKinnon himself confessed to have been behind the biggest military computer hacking in the history.
In 2001, a federal grand jury in the US has charged hacker Gary McKinnon on seven counts. But the hacker is in Britain, where he enjoys somewhat support because of his health condition, the Asperger syndrome. UK Home Secretary Theresa May blocked the extradition to US over a concern of human rights violation.
“Mr. McKinnon is accused of serious crimes, but there is no doubt that he is seriously ill” Theresa May said. “After careful consideration of all of the relevant material, I have concluded that Mr. McKinnon’s extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr. McKinnon’s human rights” she added.
The Asperger syndrome makes social interaction difficult for the patients. It is a high functioning for of autism that is sometimes called “mind blindness”. People that have the syndrome tend to get obsessed on one topic or object and often develop anxiety or depression.
Karen Todner, the hacker’s lawyer, reacted to the good news on Twitter, saying she was “delighted by Home Secretary’s decision not to extradite Gary McKinnon. The right result after all these years”.
However, the charges against hacker Gary McKinnon might not be erased. British prosecutors now have to decide whether or not the 46-year-old should be sent to trial in the UK.
Gary McKinnon, now 46 years old, admitted to have broken into NASA and Pentagon computers, but he says it wasn’t to steal governmental and military secrets. The hacker said he wanted to find proof s that NASA and Pentagon were in fact covering up the existence of UFOs. According to US governmental officials, the hacker broke into 97 computers in March 2001 causing damages worth $1 million.