Aaron Swartz’s family condemns MIT and US government after his death
Internet activist killed himself a month before going on trial for what family calls ‘an alleged crime that had no victims’
Matt Williams in New York
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 13 January 2013 11.08 EST
Aaron Swartz internet activist and developer of website Reddit
Aaron Swartz had been facing a trial over allegations of hacking related to the downloading of documents from JSTOR. Photograph: Fred Benenson /creativecommoners/flickr
The family of celebrated internet activist Aaron Swartz has accused prosecutors and MIT officials of being complicit in his death, blaming the apparent suicide on the pursuit of a young man over “an alleged crime that had no victims”.
In a statement released late Saturday, Swartz’s parents, Robert and Susan, siblings Noah and Ben and partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman said the Reddit builder’s demise was not just a “personal tragedy” but “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach”.
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