U.K. blocks extradition of Gary McKinnon

The hacker who allegedly broke into NASA's computers will not be extradited to the U.S. as Britain's home secretary makes a ruling on human rights grounds.

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Gary McKinnon, the British hacker who allegedly broke into NASA's computers, will not be extradited to the U.S., ending his 10-year fight against the process.

Home Secretary Theresa May blocked the extradition on human rights grounds, saying she has "carefully examined the medical evidence" and concluded that his extradition would "give a high risk that he would end his life," the BBC reports.

Whether McKinnon will now face trial for the crime in the U.K. will be determined by the the director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer.

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