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Between February 2001 and March 2002 Gary McKinnon from North London, looking for evidence of free energy suppression and a cover-up of UFO activity and other technologies potentially useful to the public, hacked into 16 NASA computers as well as dozens of US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Defense computers. The search for evidence of a UFO cover-up, however, landed McKinnon in trouble.

LONDON - JUNE 8: Gary McKinnon leaves Bow Street Magistrate Court in a police van after being released on bail, June 8, 2005 in London, England.  Mr McKinnon, 39, known on the internet as "Solo", is accused of hacking into computer networks operated by Nasa, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence and the US Air Force. McKinnon, who is contesting extradition to the U.S, was granted bail but was unable to meet the Magistrate's demands. (Photo by Getty Images)
LONDON – JUNE 8: Gary McKinnon leaves Bow Street Magistrate Court in a police van after being released on bail, June 8, 2005 in London, England. Mr McKinnon, 39, known on the internet as “Solo”, is accused of hacking into computer networks operated by Nasa, the US Army, US Navy, Department of Defence and the US Air Force. McKinnon, who is contesting extradition to the U.S, was granted bail but was unable to meet the Magistrate’s demands. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Americans believed he had caused $800,000 (£487,000) worth of damage to computers between 2001 and 2002. On 16 October 2012, after a series of legal proceedings in Britain, Home Secretary Theresa May withdrew her extradition order to have him brought to the United States. She took the quasi-judicial decision on human rights grounds because of medical reports warning that McKinnon, who has Asperger syndrome and suffers from depressive illness, could kill himself if sent to stand trial in the US.

On 14 December 2012, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, announced that McKinnon would not be prosecuted in the United Kingdom because of the difficulties involved in bringing a case against him when the evidence was in the United States. McKinnon is accused of committing the ‘biggest military computer hack of all time’, and if he had been convicted in US, could have faced up to 70 years in prison and up to $2 million in fines.