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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:05 AM
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Gary McKinnon extradition to US blocked by Theresa May


www.bbc.co.uk

British computer hacker Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.

Mr McKinnon, 46, who admits accessing US government computers but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs, has been fighting extradition since 2002.

The home secretary said there was no doubt Mr McKinnon was "seriously ill" and the extradition warrant against him should be withdrawn.
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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:05 AM
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I've been waiting for this news for quite a while, given statements made by numerous politicians (including the current Prime Minister here in the UK).

Gary Mckinnon is the UFO hacker seeking to avoid extradition to the US to face trial for hacking into US military networks. For anyone unfamiliar with him, he can be seen in the old video below:



Prior to the election, the Conservative Party had voiced support for Gary Mckinnon and pledged itself to reforming the lopsided extradition treaty.

Whether or not Gary McKinnon saw anything of interest when hacking American computers, his case is interesting because of the issues it raised about UK extradition rules. It has provoked quite a bit of debate - far beyond the UFO community.

www.bbc.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:10 AM
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This is very good news! Thank you for posting!
This case should never have gone on for so long! At last Theresa May has done something worthwhile!



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:12 AM
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Thanks for posting! I hope Garys ordeal is now over!



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:14 AM
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The main stream media is reporting the news.

More from The Telegraph newspaper:



In a surprise move that may lead to diplomatic tensions, Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that he would be spared trial and up to 60 years in jail on human rights grounds.

She said medical reports, which agreed the 46-year-old would kill himself if he were sent to the US, were sufficient grounds to halt the extradition.

Mrs May described the case as “difficult and exceptional” and there was applause in the chamber as she announced that Mr McKinnon would be spared the ordeal of trial overseas.


and The Independent newspaper:
www.independent.co.uk... -extradite-someone-to-the-us-8212702.html


The shock decision will be hailed as a significant milestone for those who have campaigned against the perceived one-sided nature of Britain’s extradition agreement with the United States


and the Daily Mail newspaper:
www.dailymail.co.uk...


Gary McKinnon saved from extradition by Theresa May as medical reports say he is not fit to stand trial in US
Gary will not be forced to stand trial in America over hacking into Pentagon computers
Medical experts say there is a very real suicide risk
His mother Janis says his 10-year fight has been torture
Decision is a victory for the Mail's Affront to British Justice campaign
Home Secretary Theresa May has sanctioned introduction of the 'forum' bar
Means a court hearing must be held to decide where a person stands trial

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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:14 AM
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Finally a bit of common sense regarding this case.......good stuff!



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:18 AM
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Well i wasn't expecting this but it is good news. Shame it took this long for it to be cleared.

One, question though, when did this government start looking out for our general publics welfare?



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:20 AM
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About time ! Buzzing for Gary
This should never have gone on for this long.
Absolutely absurd and unnecessarily cruel



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:22 AM
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Dammit...I was going to post in the other thread about the pending decision he would be allowed to stay, but got sidetracked by work!!!

Good old Mrs May.... Actually stood up for a UK citizen at last!

People are going to think I am odd for this, but there is something alluring about Theresa May.... She could block my extradition any time...



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:22 AM
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Okay I'll theorize....

The UK thought, "hey this guy has skills, lets keep him and get him working for our MIL, and get him to provide us with all his intel. and for doing so we'll get rid of the extradition, we'll blame it one some metal illness or something".

Oh why do you think they call it the "Criminal justice" system.



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:23 AM
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Good News, i expected this. I can't believe that the USA wanted to get their hands on him, maybe it was to give him a job who knows?. Anyway his ordeal is finally over,
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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:25 AM
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Originally posted by stumason
Dammit...I was going to post in the other thread about the pending decision he would be allowed to stay, but got sidetracked by work!!!

Good old Mrs May.... Actually stood up for a UK citizen at last!

People are going to think I am odd for this, but there is something alluring about Theresa May.... She could block my extradition any time...


Yup, that is odd..


Originally posted by r2d246
Okay I'll theorize....

The UK thought, "hey this guy has skills, lets keep him and get him working for our MIL, and get him to provide us with all his intel. and for doing so we'll get rid of the extradition, we'll blame it one some metal illness or something".

Oh why do you think they call it the "Criminal justice" system.


No.

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Theresa May actually did somethign good? Shocking, I nearly chocked on my sandwhich. . Have a'bit of that, Uncle Sam!

I enjoy all you're posts & threads Isaac
Thanks for bringing this to my attaention, I'll be sharing this sharpish!

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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:27 AM
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Double post =/
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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:34 AM
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Brief TV news item on this development:




posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:37 AM
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I will get flamed for this, particularly here on ATS, but i have absolutely no sympathy for Gary McKinnon. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Very simple really.

However, regarding the extradition, i never really understood the need as his sentence could easily be served over here. He isn't accused of murder, drug trafficking, terrorism or even passing on the files that he did hack. He simply snooped.

As the crime was against the state (regime) of the US, it does make sense for him to be tried in the USA or at least for the US judicial process to be applied to him. Certainly no need to serve a sentence over there though. Aside from anything else, why waste US taxpayers money to jail someone over there who isn't a threat?



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:42 AM
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Well, he did hack into several US Govt computers.. and calling a person with Aspergers seriously ill is ridiculous.
There are lots of people out there with aspergers that function normally, its not a debilitating ailment.



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:54 AM
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Great news indeed.

Hopefully it will open the dabate about the ridiculous one sided extradition agreement the UK has with the US.



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:55 AM
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You are right in the fact he did a crime, and knowingly hacked a system.....There should have been charges brought up. .if someone broke into my home and was caught , it's a crime. I would press charges. Even if the burglar was just " snooping" and didnt take anything...it's still a crime. ..(.especially federal property. ).... If the burgular was in my home just looking to see what kind of a tv i had, its still breaking and entering.. And id be pissed. Would you? He broke into the U.S. system, and it was wrong. I dont care if he was looking for UFO information, or nuclear information, he was wrong. ......But, on the flip side who knows what else he saw, and maybe he is being saved from extradition so he tell all he now knows. ....Maybe he is just THAT smart that he knew he would get away with it, he knew he could hack the system, and by cracking a deal to tell what he discovered.....he'd be saved.



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:58 AM
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From what I can gather from British news outlets, I would safely assume that "seriously ill" comment is regarding his mental well-being. Doctors and his family have said he would probably kill himself if he was extradited.

ETA

@ those of you suggesting he has inside info to bargain with, I seriously doubt that. If British intelligence hasnt gotten any information out of him by now he probably doesnt know anything.

@ those of you acting like he's got away with his crimes, c'mon ... He will still be charged in England, just not extradited to the USA.
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posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 07:58 AM
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Thing is, he doesn't have "skills".. He "hacked" into an unsecured part of the US Government network by using default passwords. Nothing rocket sciency about that.

Initially I had no sympathy for him, really. Still don't to be truthful. I do have issues with the length of sentence he could have faced for a seemingly innocuous offence, all things considered.

What I am pleased about is the UK finally standing up to this one way extradition "treaty", by which I mean the US has to prove nothing to pick off a UK citizen, but we have to prove total guilt to get a US one.






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