British Home Secretary reconsiders extradition of Gary McKinnon

The UK’s recent change of government will no doubt be getting the thumbs-up from supporters of computer hacker Gary McKinnon, after it was announced that the new Home Secretary, Theresa May, has put his extradition to the United States on hold.

Both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties (who have formed a coalition government in the UK) had expressed sympathy with McKinnon’s plight while they were in opposition.

McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, was arrested seven years ago after breaking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA.

The 44-year-old hacker claims that he accessed the computer systems only to hunt for top secret information about anti-gravity propulsion systems and alien technology, which he believed the authorities were hiding from…

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