Father tells mourners Internet freedom activist son ‘killed by the government’

01/15/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Highland Park, Illinois – The father of Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz laid blame on the government when speaking at Swartz’s funeral Tuesday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Robert Swartz stated to mourners at his son’s funeral that “He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles.”

Aaron Swartz, who was instrumental in the creation of web-based technologies and services such as Reddit, was found dead in his apartment on Friday in New York. He reportedly hanged himself.

Swartz was facing charges related to allegedly accessing millions of Massachusetts Institute of Technology archived articles, for which he could have been imprisoned if found guilty. The charges were reportedly dismissed by federal prosecutors in Boston following his death.

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