Aaron Swartz: US attorney drops charges against Internet activist, alleged MIT hacker
The federal charges that could have put a 26-year-old Internet sharing activist behind bars for up to 35 years are being dropped.
The office for US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz filed a notice today that seeks to dismiss charges against Aaron Swartz. Those charges included included wire fraud and computer fraud. The filing is a formal request to the court.
The one-page dismissal cites Swartz’s death as the reason for the case being dropped.
Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment on Friday.
A statement posted online by his family and partner partially blamed US prosecutors and MIT for his death.
Swartz helped found Demand Progress, a political action committee that campaigns on various online and privacy issues, and helped create the Internet program RSS.
The dismissal filing can be read below: