British ‘UFO Hacker’ Gary McKinnon Will Not Be Extradited To United States

Curiosity about UFOs is what inspired McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, to engage in what American officials have called the “biggest military computer hack of all time.” The Guardian reports:

The home secretary, Theresa May, defied the American authorities on Tuesday by halting the extradition of British computer hacker Gary McKinnon, a decision criticised by the US state department but welcomed with delight by campaigners and politicians across parties in the UK.

McKinnon was first indicted by an American grand jury in November 2002 for hacking into US military computers, including the Pentagon and NASA, from his north London bedroom while he was looking for UFOs. He could have faced a prison sentence of up 70 years under US law.

May told Members of Parliament she had taken the quasi-judicial decision on human rights grounds because of medical reports warning that McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome and suffers from depressive illness, could kill himself if sent to stand trial in the US.

McKinnon’s MP, David Burrowes, who had threatened to resign from the government if the extradition went ahead, said May had saved McKinnon’s life: “Today is a victory for compassion.”

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  • I_abide

    All of this time spent online and with a solid level of knowledge and he couldn’t dump his supposed NASA find to an anonymous third party ftp?

  • I_abide

    All of this time spent online and with a solid level of knowledge and he couldn’t dump his supposed NASA find to an anonymous third party ftp?

  • rtb61

    I smell an election in the air.

  • rtb61

    I smell an election in the air.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XXOQIJEQ7KOS3HRD7TNRVF2QME io2

      Yes and you English hacker-jacker types be sure to actually vote for all local English politicians who stuck their necks out to defend him from 70 years of torture.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XXOQIJEQ7KOS3HRD7TNRVF2QME io2

      Yes and you English hacker-jacker types be sure to actually vote for all local English politicians who stuck their necks out to defend him from 70 years of torture.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rthoneunomia.celine Threedinium

        All of that would be fine if british people actually got a vote anymore. And if our parties hadn’t recently consolidated into one. Don’t worry, it seems to have flown under most british citizen’s radars too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rthoneunomia.celine Threedinium

        All of that would be fine if british people actually got a vote anymore. And if our parties hadn’t recently consolidated into one. Don’t worry, it seems to have flown under most british citizen’s radars too.

  • rtb61

    I smell an election in the air.

  • IBughouse

    I’m a proud and patriotic American, but I’m glad Gary gets to stay in England! I don’t want my tax money going to feed and house his ass. The U.S. Governement needs to realize that WE THE PEOPLE have the final say, and other soverign nations will handle their own affairs. Release all the U.F.O. Information, it appears there won’t be any “mass public panic” since more people have heard reports from credible witnesses, like former U.S. Astronauts.

  • IBughouse

    I’m a proud and patriotic American, but I’m glad Gary gets to stay in England! I don’t want my tax money going to feed and house his ass. The U.S. Governement needs to realize that WE THE PEOPLE have the final say, and other soverign nations will handle their own affairs. Release all the U.F.O. Information, it appears there won’t be any “mass public panic” since more people have heard reports from credible witnesses, like former U.S. Astronauts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rthoneunomia.celine Threedinium

    I’ve been reading about this guy today too. Is it also correct to assume that since he will no longer be extradited he will be able to reveal all kinds of things that he found on his adventure?

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      if he really knew anything
      he’d be dead already
      right now he’s just a political play toy

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      if he really knew anything
      he’d be dead already
      right now he’s just a political play toy

      • http://www.facebook.com/rthoneunomia.celine Threedinium

        You are probably right. I’ve only really looking closely at exopolitics for a couple of days now but I can already see it’s mainly lots of lips flapping about ‘sources’ that can never been found and lots of conjecture about things barely relevant to the case in hand. The article posted here especially focuses on the judicial order and McKinnon’s aspergers…. neither of which I would classify as the real meat of the whole situation. It’s been very interesting comparing what angle of approach the different news sources have decided to take.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rthoneunomia.celine Threedinium

        You are probably right. I’ve only really looking closely at exopolitics for a couple of days now but I can already see it’s mainly lots of lips flapping about ‘sources’ that can never been found and lots of conjecture about things barely relevant to the case in hand. The article posted here especially focuses on the judicial order and McKinnon’s aspergers…. neither of which I would classify as the real meat of the whole situation. It’s been very interesting comparing what angle of approach the different news sources have decided to take.

        • kowalityjesus

          Those are my sentiments on exopolitics, I was duped into believing there was a disclosure event coming in the near future, and after that it was mostly just hot air. It is almost more frustrating because every now and again, there’s some guy who makes a ridiculous prediction that comes true, like the UFO event in New York in late 2010 predicted to the day some months earlier in an interview. I suppose given enough time, monkeys will write Shakespeare, but we first have to appreciate the cold reality of true randomness to understand the remarkability of such events.

          I actually numinously found myself wondering about this guy the last couple weeks, even though I hadn’t consciously heard any stories. I am super happy that he didn’t get extradited. :D

        • kowalityjesus

          Those are my sentiments on exopolitics, I was duped into believing there was a disclosure event coming in the near future, and after that it was mostly just hot air. It is almost more frustrating because every now and again, there’s some guy who makes a ridiculous prediction that comes true, like the UFO event in New York in late 2010 predicted to the day some months earlier in an interview. I suppose given enough time, monkeys will write Shakespeare, but we first have to appreciate the cold reality of true randomness to understand the remarkability of such events.

          I actually numinously found myself wondering about this guy the last couple weeks, even though I hadn’t consciously heard any stories. I am super happy that he didn’t get extradited. :D

  • Paranoiaman

    Gary McKinnon – white – gets to stay home. Babar Ahmad – brown – gets deported. Way to go Britain!! Why are we sending anyone to the U.S.? Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, anyone?

  • Paranoiaman

    Gary McKinnon – white – gets to stay home. Babar Ahmad – brown – gets deported. Way to go Britain!! Why are we sending anyone to the U.S.? Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, anyone?

  • https://sites.google.com/site/themattprather Matt Prather

    can’t punish The Big Fishies…
    [must do something!]

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