FBI releases files on Aaron Swartz

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The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released its files on Internet transparency activist Aaron Swartz. Totaling 21 pages, the files are mostly focused on his work to put the federal court system’s PACER records online.

He was investigated by the FBI after downloading hundreds of thousands of documents through a trial program that allowed free access at a few libraries. PACER, a federal program, normally charges users to search and download materials, which are generally all public domain court documents.

Swartz committed suicide Jan. 11 while facing charges of systematically downloading a large quantity of materials from the JSTOR academic archives via a Massachusetts Institute of Technology wiring closet.

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MIT has ordered a review of its role in Swartz’ prosecution.