A man accused of hacking into Pentagon and NASA computers will not be extradited from the United Kingdom to the Unites States because of health concerns, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Tuesday.
Gary McKinnon has admitted to breaking into computers – but says he did so to find out if the U.S. government was covering up the existence of UFOs.
McKinnon's lawyer, Karen Todner, has fought extradition on human rights grounds because McKinnon has Asperger syndrome.
May said McKinnon's Asperger syndrome and depressive illness meant "there is such a high risk of him ending his own life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with his human rights."
The U.S. government says McKinnon accessed 97 computers from his home in London for a year starting in March 2001, and costing the government about $1 million.FULL STORY