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‘Hacker’ Gary McKinnon finally beats extradition efforts

December 11th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Gary McKinnon has been fighting for ten years to stop his extradition to the US over after hacking secret files from his home PC. He is finally a free man.

Yes, the UK government has finally bloaked the extradition after Home Secretary Theresa May today halted proceedings on human rights grounds.

According to the Hacker News, The Home Secretary said medical reports warning the computer hacker would kill himself if sent to the US were sufficient grounds to bring the decade-long battle to an end. It is 10 years since he was first arrested, and his case has come to symbolise a purported imbalance in the extradition arrangements between the UK and the US.

McKinnon was accused by US prosecutors of “the biggest military computer hack of all time”, but he claims he was simply looking for evidence of UFOs.

According to a report, Mr Burrowes increased the pressure on the Prime Minister last night by telling friends he will resign as a member of the Government if Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is deported.

McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp, said: “Thank you Theresa May from the bottom of my heart – I always knew you had the strength and courage to do the right thing,”

So, what exactly did Gary find and how did he find it? The  interview below is one of the most mind-blowing things we have ever heard. Was he wrong? Was it, as some claim, a set-up to catch hackers? You decide, but it certainly is a hell of a story…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….