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British UFO hacker won't be sent to the U.S. to face computer charges... yet

Britain's Home Secretary Alan Johnson will analyze recently introduced medical evidence before admitted NASA hacker Gary McKinnon can be extradited to the United States.

McKinnon reportedly suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a unique form of autism, and it has been argued it would be inhumane to extradite McKinnon to face charges in the U.S.  The Briton has admitted he hacked into computer networks belonging to NASA and various branches of the U.S. military.  

"We have stopped the clock ticking on the representation to the European Court because new medical evidence has been provided," Home Secretary Johnson said in a statement.

In "stopping the clock," McKinnon's attorneys will have time to evaluate the medical records and file documents with the European Court of Human Rights.

In August, McKinnon, who carried out the "biggest military hack of all time," lost his final appeal, and it seemed his extradition would be carried out immediately.  McKinnon used his dial-up modem and software freely available over the internet to conduct the network intrusions against NASA, Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy.

The multi-year case first started in 2002 when McKinnon was indicted in Virginia on seven counts of computer-related offenses.  Since the beginning, supporters urge the government to try McKinnon in the United Kingdom on computer misuse charges, instead of extraditing him.

If extradited and convicted in the U.S., McKinnon faces up to 60 years in federal prison.





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