A petition started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales calling on UK home secretary Theresa May to halt the extradition of TVShack founder Richard O'Dwyer to the US has now received over a whopping 160,000 signatures.
The petition was started on Sunday, 24 June, with Wales attacking the US extradition request by claiming it infringed on the British citizen's rights.
"Given the thin case against him, it is an outrage that he is being extradited to the US to face felony charges for something that he is not being prosecuted for here," he wrote in the petition.
"No US citizen has ever been brought to the UK for alleged criminal activity that took place on US soil."
By Tuesday the petition had hit 50,000 signatures and, with the support of several celebrities and politicians, had accrued 167,583 signatures at the time of publishing.
The most vocal advocates include Black Books and Father Ted writer Graham Linehan, Labour deputy chairman Tom Watson, Conservative MP Louise Mensch and Liberal Democrat MP Mike Crockart.
"It just seems to me that people like Richard are being punished for being able to navigate the modern world," said Linehan.
"The internet has changed everything. They're doing what comes naturally in these new uncharted waters and suddenly they're getting their collars felt by people who still have Hotmail addresses."
The mother of Richard O'Dwyer, Julia O'Dwyer, has also signed the petition herself and thanked Wales for his support in bringing the matter to the attention of the UK public.
"I'm blown away by the response to Jimmy's petition. It's been a tough year campaigning for my son but this outpouring of support from around the world has really made politicians sit up and take note of Richard's case. Now it's time for Theresa May to do the right thing by Richard," she said.
O'Dwyer is one of a handful of British citizens the US is seeking to extradite for alleged computer related crimes. Famously, the country is also seeking to extradite Gary McKinnon, accusing him of hacking into 97 US military and Nasa computers.
The Home Office had not responded to V3's request for comment on the petition at the time of publication.
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