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UK Blocks Hacker’s Extradition to US

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 16, 2012 Last Updated: October 24, 2012
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Janis Sharp, mother of hacker Gary McKinnon, an Asperger's sufferer who broke into U.S. military computers and who has fought a decade-long fight against extradition, speaks during a press conference in London on Oct.16. Theresa May, British Home Secretary, said extradition would breach 46-year-old McKinnon's human rights as his psychiatrists believed there was a high risk he would attempt suicide were he sent to the United States. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Janis Sharp, mother of hacker Gary McKinnon, an Asperger's sufferer who broke into U.S. military computers and who has fought a decade-long fight against extradition, speaks during a press conference in London on Oct.16. Theresa May, British Home Secretary, said extradition would breach 46-year-old McKinnon's human rights as his psychiatrists believed there was a high risk he would attempt suicide were he sent to the United States. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

The United Kingdom blocked extradition of a computer hacker to the United States, with officials saying that he would be at risk if he were sent to the United States.

British Home Secretary Theresa May said that Gary McKinnon would not be sent to the United States because it is “incompatible with his human rights,” according to The Independent.

His supporters said that McKinnon, who suffers from depression and Asperger’s Syndrome, would be a suicide risk if he were sent to the United States. May said that he would not be fit to stand trial there.

May also announced plans to change U.K. extradition rules and introduce a forum bar to permit courts to block extradition attempts when it is in the service of justice.

Janis Sharp, McKinnon’s mother, told Sky News “I’m overwhelmed. I’m incredibly happy. I want to say thank you Theresa May.” The United States has been seeking McKinnon’s extradition since 2002, shortly after he hacked into U.S. government computers.

McKinnon admits that he hacked into U.S. military and NASA computers but said he was looking for evidence of aliens, describing them as “little green men,” according to the Daily Telegraph. If convicted in the United States, he would face as many as 60 years in prison.

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