The Travelin' Librarian Politics & Law MIT blocking release of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service files

MIT blocking release of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service files

Aaron SwartzNow, though, MIT has blocked a Freedom of Information Act suit by Wired’s Kevin Poulsen aimed at forcing the Secret Service to release their files on Aaron. A court recently ordered the Secret Service to stop screwing around and release Aaron’s file, but before that could happen, MIT intervened, arguing that if the world could see the files, they would know the names of the MIT employees who insisted that Aaron deserved to go to jail for what amounted to checking too many books out of the library. MIT argues that its employees would potentially face retaliation (though not, presumably, threats of felony prosecutions, million-dollar fines, and decades in prison) if their names were known.

Read the full article @ Boing Boing.

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.