Richard was supported through his long ordeal by his mother Julia and ultimately Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. Richard was accused of copyright infringement in the USA by way of his British website TV Shack. Whether he had committed any crime was open to interpretation and debate.
Online petitions offered support, one receiving £253,000 signatures and the authorities took notice, In the end Richard had to visit the USA and pay up £20,000 in "compensation" to those who were allegedly his "victims". Today finally the news that there will be no further action against Richard and an end to this case.
Below is the update from Change.org, which offers thanks to all of us who tried in even small ways to support Richard
"We're thrilled this ordeal is finally over for Richard and that his extradition has been withdrawn. We may not have convinced the UK Home Office to block the extradition but the US authorities certainly heard your voice and the 253,000 people who joined you in signing Jimmy Wales’ petition on Change.org, without which this outcome would not have been possible so thank you." -- Julia O'Dwyer, Richard's mother
On Wednesday, Richard O'Dwyer's extradition was formally withdrawn at the High Court after an agreement was reached with US authorities in New York, halting Richard's extradition.
This is a fantastic outcome for Richard and his mother Julia, who has campaigned tirelessly for her son over the last 18 months.
You were one of over 253,000 people who signed Jimmy Wales' petition on Change.org calling for the UK Home Office to stop the extradition. Although Theresa May didn't block Richard's extradition, the public support for Jimmy's campaign was noted in negotiations with the US and helped to show the US authorities that their actions won't go unnoticed.
Gary McKinnon was chagred with hacking into military systems in the USA threatening security. He claims that he was merely looking for information online and the hacking was a consequence.
Mr McKinnon has Asperger's Syndrome a form of Autism and his fight against extradition to the US was on safety issues. It was claimed that if he were extradited to the USA he could easily end up committing suicide.
His offences date back to 2002 so Gary has had a long fight. In the end the British government supported his appeal against extradition to the US. Yesterday the UK Crown prosecution announced that Gary will not face any charges in a British court of law. The reason given was that the chance of a conviction were extremly slim. Authorities in the USA have said that they are disappointed at this decision.
Congratulations to both of the men and their families. For them the threat of extradition and possibly a long jail term in the USA is over. An early Merry Christmas