MIT asserts “no wrongdoing” in Aaron Swartz case


The long-awaited MIT review of its processes and procedures up to and after Aaron Swartz’s suicide is out.

The 180-page report spearheaded by MIT Professor Hal Abelson was authorized by MIT president Rafael Reif in January. An initial glance shows that the report found no wrongdoing on the part of the University or its employees. On a conference call, Abelson said the report is not edited and that MIT officials had no advance knowledge of the report nor did MIT target Swartz.

Swartz, the 26-year-old co-founder of Reddit, committed suicide in New York City in January. He was the subject of 13 felony charges for having downloaded too many documents from MIT JSTOR library . His camp characterized those charges as a prime example of prosecutorial overreach and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz was widely criticized for going after a flea with a bazooka.

The report seeks to distance MIT itself…

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