The British hacker Gary McKinnon is not prosecuted in Britain. The Prosecution has came to that decision

Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon

because the chances of a conviction are “not big”. The United States tried to get a extradition for McKinnon, who had broken into U.S. government computers, but these turned out unsuccessfully.

McKinnon’s mother, Janis Sharp, said: “I feel fantastic, it’s just wonderful. The next thing I would like to get, impossible though it seems, would be a pardon from President Obama.

“I think it’s possible because I think Obama seems like a good person and so does his wife.”

She continued: “It’s amazing because it’s my birthday. Gary was tearful because of the relief – he was so scared. It’s going to be such a nice Christmas not to have everything hanging over us.

“I feel the 10 years have been gruelling, it’s been life-destroying. It’s difficult to explain how bad it’s been.

Computer Expert McKinnon fought for years against his extradition to the U.S.. In October, the British Government gave up that he would be extradited because there is a high probability that he would commit suicide. McKinnon suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, an autistic disorder.

According to the prosecution in Britain, a lawsuit is a time consuming process because many documents and witnesses are in the United States.  “The chances of a conviction that is consistent with the supposed crime is not big,” said a statement.

McKinnon says he broke into U.S. computers because he was looking for evidence of UFOs. If he was extradited to the U.S., he could have gotten sixty years.