The petition sums up the absurdity of the situation – America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.
And the Home Office think that’s just fine.
In yet another stark illustration of how one-sided the UK-US extradition relationship has become – not to mention the subservience of officials who theoretically are supposed to protect the interests of British citizens – a 24 year old faces up to a decade in a US prison for copyright offences.
He has never been arrested or charged with an offence under UK law, his site was not hosted in the US and he has lived in the UK all of his life. Basic principles of justice have been abandoned.
If there was a crime it should be investigated and tried here in the UK, like any other crime.
Richard’s fate now rests on his appeal later in the year. You can sign the petition here.