U.S. Department Of Justice Acknowledges Aaron Swartz Was Prosecuted Over His Political Views

The decision to hound Swartz on flimsy charges with the possibility of decades in prison was in part because of an anti-copyright manifesto written by Swartz in 2008, reports the Huffington Post:

A Justice Department representative told congressional staffers during a recent briefing on the computer fraud prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz that Swartz’s “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto” played a role in the prosecution.

The manifesto said sharing information was a “moral imperative” and advocated for “civil disobedience” against copyright laws pushed by corporations “blinded by greed” that led to the “privatization of knowledge.”

“We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world,” Swartz wrote in the manifesto.

Swartz was 26 when he killed himself in January. He had been indicted and faced a prison sentence for downloading millions of academic articles from the online database JSTOR, though he maintained he had permission to access them.

17 Comments on "U.S. Department Of Justice Acknowledges Aaron Swartz Was Prosecuted Over His Political Views"

  1. Sir Legendhead | Mar 2, 2013 at 11:51 am |

    How could good men like him be a threat to Justice?

  2. because greed knows no bounds and those in power want to keep the masses in the dark, knowledge is power and if you want that knowledge you have to pay for it. which is sad, just think if all that knowledge was readily available to everyone how this could be potentially a better world.

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm |

      Ah, but with power comes responsibility.

    • Anarchy Pony | Mar 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm |

      Ah, but with power comes responsibility.

      • HateRegister | Mar 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm |

        Those in power are very irresponsible, corrupted by and working for money and no longer for their constituents

      • HateRegister | Mar 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm |

        Those in power are very irresponsible, corrupted by and working for money and no longer for their constituents

  3. BuzzCoastin | Mar 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm |

    if it hasn’t been made clear yet
    this case should definitively show that
    suppressing information by whatever means
    is a major goal of Homeland Criminal Justice

    I think this is one of those examples
    that makes Amerika’s hypocrisy about freedom and civil rights
    most galling

  4. bobbiethejean | Mar 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm |

    We lost one of the most brilliant minds of our generation over this. It just goes to show you how afraid they are.

  5. Oh, Its a serious matter . Its very difficult to reach a particular solution.

  6. Oh, Its a serious matter . Its very difficult to reach a particular solution.

  7. made2order | Mar 5, 2013 at 8:13 am |

    UNITED NATION’s Agenda 21 at work all over the NWO compromised world. Genocide to mankind any way they can.

  8. Did the U.S. government obtain this manifesto with warrantless surveillance snooping into Aaron Swartz’s computer?

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