British Hacker Won't Be Sent to US for Trial
Gary McKinnon accused of 'biggest military computer hack of all time'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2012 8:16 AM CDT
In this Wednesday May 10, 2006 file photo Gary McKinnon, accused of mounting the largest ever hack of United States government computer networks, listens to a reporter's question outside the Bow Magistrates...   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

(Newser) – After fighting extradition for seven years, the British man accused of the "biggest military computer hack of all time" will not be sent to the US to stand trial, Reuters reports. Britain's interior minister, Theresa May, withdrew the extradition order after finding that Gary McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, is "seriously ill" and at risk of committing suicide. British prosecutors will now decide if he must answer for any crimes in that country.

"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," May told parliament. McKinnon, 46, has admitted he hacked into Pentagon and NASA computers, but says he was just looking for UFO evidence. US officials accuse him of accessing 97 military and NASA computers between 2001 and 2002, causing more than $700,000 in damage, and disabling important naval systems. He faced up to 60 years in a US jail.

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DougMasters
Oct 16, 2012 2:49 PM CDT
"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," COPOUT! Just say it strait, you don't think he did anything so bad as to be worth being penalized by the rednecks but don't use this suicide rant. Just come the fuck out and say it. I know it's all politics but i'd love it so much more if you was straight up. I know the dude isn't dangerous but seriously we can't "stop punishing people" when they do something illegal just because it isn't dangerous. I don't think he is worth the money for extradition but still, it aint like he didn't break the law.
DonF
Oct 16, 2012 12:23 PM CDT
Seems like the Brits are finally thinking right! That is like Iran wanting to extradite an American for saying islam & mohammid sucks camels! It's against their law,but who really gives a crap? If a foreigner could do that then they need to take a harder look at computer security! In one country it is against the law to chew gum,but we do it here & they don't try to extradite because we are breaking their laws! America needs to get real & stop trying to run the world!
$28919642
Oct 16, 2012 12:03 PM CDT
He's no threat, just a goofball. Leave him be. We got bigger fish to fry.