Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Was Aaron Swartz murdered?

Ah Mephistophelis! has a most intriguing entry today on how a lot of evidence seems to point that Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz was murdered and did not kill himself.

Because of its interest, I reproduce the article in its entirety, including the many source links:

courtesy of cryptome

Make up  your own mind.  Take a moment, look at the picture above.  Even if you haven't been living under a rock, you might not have yet seen it. Look at that smile.  Under what conditions would you smile like that? How about while you were being raided by the Feds?  Surrounded by agents of your government, acting under orders to attempt to throw the book at you?
Did you know that Aaron H. Swartz

  • had been offered a plea deal of only six months incarceration -- and turned it down?
  • had been investigated by the FBI and gotten his dossier and posted it online in 2009?
  • wrote the supposed 'suicide note' in 2007, when he was really sick (probably food poisoning), not because he was depressed but to feel better?
  • did not do anything normally thought of as hacking in order to download the JSTOR files?
  • got the attention nevertheless of the Secret Service, who personally took over his case, evincing a great interest in the hardware upon which the files had been copied?
  • was 'killed,' according to his father?
  • was not intended to have had the book thrown at him, according to the lawyer for the prosecution?
  • joins two other young internet activists fighting for free speech and privacy who have committed suicide recently?

(...and in the above I avoid the more conspiracy-minded, hypothetical, or fringe.  In my opinion, or rather, my opinion of what should be the general opinion, which is to say, yours.)      

All of this in the links below, and even more, as of what I avoided above I include the choicest yet encountered.  All of which I also have made available for download as PDFs, links appended.  In case something were to, you know, get, uh, misplaced.

https://s2.wp.com/i/favicon.icoAaron Swartz was Murdered – He Faced 3 Months in Jail Not 35 Years! « American Everyman http://www.huffingtonpost.com/favicon.icoTom Dolan, Husband Of Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor, Defends Her On Twitter http://boston.com/favicon.icoMIT hacking case lawyer says Aaron Swartz was offered plea deal of six months behind bars - Boston.com https://www.google.com/favicon.icohttps://twitter.com/tomjdolan/status/291018637274390528 - Google Search http://static.guim.co.uk/favicon.icoAaron Swartz: US attorney says she only sought six-month jail term | Technology | guardian.co.uk Wanted by the FBI (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought) http://digitaljournal.com/favicon.icoReddit pioneer Aaron Swartz wrote 'suicide note' blog in 2007 http://www.blogger.com/favicon.icoCannonfire http://cdn.wbur.org/wordpress/cognoscenti/images/cog_fav_16.pngCarmen Ortiz’s Case Didn’t ‘Kill’ Aaron Swartz | Cognoscenti http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/tsg_favicon.pngCaught Red-Handed, Aaron Swartz Was Prepping For Key Federal Court Evidence Hearing | The Smoking Gun http://crookedtimber.org/favicon.icoMIT and Aaron Swartz — Crooked Timber http://s2.wp.com/i/favicon.ico?m=1311975824gThe Truth about Aaron Swartz’s “Crime” « Unhandled Exception http://cdn1.topsy.com/asset/master.geo-2.9-20121029.001-3.b98ed74b2a/img/favico.pngTwitter Trackbacks for @mkapor Truly incredible that in their own son's obit they blame others for his death and make no mention of the 6-month offer. [twitter.com] on Topsy.com http://cdn1.topsy.com/asset/master.geo-2.9-20121029.001-3.b98ed74b2a/img/favico.pngTwitter profile for tomjdolan - Topsy https://www.google.com/favicon.icohttps://twitter.com/tomjdolan/status/291018637274390528 - Google Search https://si0.twimg.com/favicons/favicon.icoTwitter / ggreenwald: Carmen Ortiz's husband, IBM ... http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/favicon.icoLame Cherry: The murder of Aaron Swartz http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/favicon.icoLame Cherry: Aaron Swartz Murdered Twice Done http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/favicon.icoaangirfan: JEWISH HERO AARON SWARTZ; EXPOSING ELITE CHILD ABUSE

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