UFO hacker Gary McKinnon extradition blocked

PUBLISHED: 13:01 16 October 2012

Janis Sharp with her son Gary McKinnon

Janis Sharp with her son Gary McKinnon

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UFO computer hacker Gary McKinnon, whose mother Janis Sharp lives in Brookmans Park, will not be extradited to the USA after a 10-year battle.

Home secretary Teresa May said there was no doubt Mr McKinnon was “seriously ill” and the extradition warrant against him should be withdrawn.

Mr McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, admits hacking into US military computers, but says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

It is feared that if he is convicted, he could be jailed for up to 60 years.

He was arrested in March 2002 after it emerged he had accessed Pentagon and Nasa computers from his bedroom in North London.

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