The mother of British computer hacker Gary McKinnon has welcomed Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision to block his extradition to the US.
Janis Sharp said she was “overwhelmed” after an “emotional rollercoaster” and she said Mrs May had been “incredibly brave” to “stand up” to the US.
Mr McKinnon, 46, admits accessing US government computers but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs. The home secretary told MPs McKinnon was “seriously ill”.
A spokeswoman for the US State Department, Victoria Nuland, said: “The United States is disappointed by the decision to deny Gary McKinnon’s extradition to face long overdue justice in the United States. We are examining the details of the decision.”
Mr McKinnon, from Wood Green, north London, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, faced 60 years in jail if convicted in the US.