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The UK home secretary, Theresa May, has withdrawn an extradition order to the United States for computer hacker Gary McKinnon Link.
For those that don’t know, Gary is a British computer hacker who in 2002 was accused of perpetrating the “biggest military computer hack of all time” – as quoted by the US Lawyers trying to extradite him.
Long story short, the US government alleges that between February 2001 and March 2002, the 40-year-old computer enthusiast London UK hacked into dozens of US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Defense computers, as well as 16 Nasa computers. The US government claim that his hacking caused some $700,000 dollars damage to government systems.
This is big news because it is unusual for the UK government not to agree to US extradition requests – but it is also clearly a massive result for Gary and his family.
Gary does suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome – a form of autism – and claims to have been seeking evidence of extraterrestrial life.