MIT seeks to block release of files on deceased activist Aaron Swartz

The Liberty Beat

BY: Derrick Broze

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has urged the government to suspend the release of documents held by the Secret Service related to recently deceased activist Aaron Swartz. This surprise move comes two weeks after U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the government to begin releasing records on Swartz. The court was recently alerted to MIT’s intention to motion to intervene into the release of the documents. MIT claims it’s the release of Swartz’s file will identify the names of MIT people who helped the Secret Service and federal prosecutors pursue felony charges against Swartz for his bulk downloading of academic articles from MIT’s network in 2011.

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