Related Coverage: Aaron Swartz
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- 2/5/13: Swartz Remembered In D.C.
- 1/16/13: Ortiz Defends Charges Against Swartz
- 1/16/13: Retired Federal Judge Joins Criticism Over Handling Of Swartz Case
- 1/15/13: Swartz Father Blames ‘Government’
- 1/15/13: Prosecution’s Case Against Swartz Draws Scrutiny
- 1/13/13: Reddit Co-Founder Dies Before Trial
- 2011: Cambridge Man Charged With Stealing Documents From MIT
- Op-Ed: We Need A Better Sense Of Justice, And Shame
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says an internal review of its actions in the investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz had found no wrongdoing on the school’s part.
The 26-year-old hanged himself in January as he faced federal prosecution for surreptitiously using MIT’s network to download millions of articles from a scholarly archive with the goal of making information free.
He was facing decades behind bars. Prosecutors said they offered a deal of four to six months in prison.
MIT says the investigation raises concerns about policies and procedures, but says the school didn’t target Swartz, seek his prosecution, or oppose a plea.
MIT President L. Rafael Reif says the school’s decisions were “made in good faith.”
Swartz’s girlfriend, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, calls MIT’s report a “whitewash” and says its behavior was “reprehensible.”