THE STUDENT that created the TV Shack web site can be extradited to the US.
The Home Office agreed to the extradition request after giving the case some thought. What thought we cannot say, but perhaps highest on its list was the question, "What will the US say if we don't?"
"On 9 March after the careful consideration of all relevant materials the home secretary signed an order for Richard O'Dwyer's extradition to the US," said the Home Office in response to a request for confirmation today.
O'Dwyer's case mirrors that of Gary McKinnon, and while he remains in his 10 year limbo his mother has sympathised with O'Dwyer's mum.
She said in a tweeted message to The INQUIRER that the decision meant that "no one is safe", adding that this is a civil issue and that allowing the extradition to go ahead exposes O'Dwyer to criminal charges and as long as 20 years in prison.
Loz Kaye, leader of the UK Pirate Party, also expressed his disappointment with the decision. "Deeply shocked at the news that #Richard O'Dwyer's extradition has been approved. This govt should be ashamed," he said on Twitter.
"UK individuals and businesses should not be worried about being extradited to foreign countries for innovating, especially when their actions are not illegal in the UK," he added in a statement.
"The correct decision will mean that the judiciary and Home Secretary can use their time to deal with serious criminals and Richard can remain in the UK and get on with his life without harassment or fear."
The hacktivist group Anonymous has also reacted to the news. "What the f*ck -> TVShack creator's US extradition approved #Anonymous Something must be done", it said in a tweet from the @Anon_central account, one of the most popular with over 100,000 followers.
Twenty thousand people have signed a petition against the extradition, but as we have seen before our spineless Government has a bad habit of acquiescing to US extradition requests. µ