MIT to release documents on Internet activist Swartz


AP

BOSTON — The president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that the school will voluntarily release public documents related to the prosecution of free-information activist Aaron Swartz, who hanged himself in January as he faced trial on hacking charges.

The email announcement by MIT President L. Rafael Reif comes in response to a request Friday by lawyers for Swartz’s estate to have the U.S. District Court in Boston make the documents public.

The university has come under fire for what critics say is MIT’s compliance with federal prosecutors in the legal case against Swartz.