Breaking news – excellent news for Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon, the Palmers Green resident who hacked into US military computers, is to be spared extradition to the USA.

Home secretary Theresa May has this lunchtime announced that the threat posed to McKinnon’s health was too great. Speaking a few moments ago, May said

“After careful consideration of all of the relevant material, I have concluded that Mr McKinnon’s extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon’s human rights. I have therefore withdrawn the extradition order against Mr McKinnon.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will now decide if McKinnon has a case to answer in a UK court. McKinnon, who has Aspergers Syndrome, has admitted to hacking, but claims that he was looking for evidence of UFOs. He has waited 11 years for a decision on his case.

David Burrowes had threatened to resign his unpaid post of Parliamentary Private Secretary) if McKinnon was extradited

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