Twenty-six years old and hanged himself. In the prime of his life and death was more inviting than life.
How very sad.
His name is Aaron Swartz, and when it came to the internet, he was an expert. Aaron believed in the freedom of the internet. He didn’t like the idea of government censoring anyone. At the age of 14, he and another friend co-authored RSS specification, and was co-owner of the Reddit website.
The government accused him of downloading millions of papers from the academic site JSTOR. He was to go on trial next month.
Aaron was feeling depressed because the constant harassment of the government, and the thought that the government might put him in prison for 35 years.
I don’t know if he was experiencing the same type of harassment we targets are, but he complained to friends about not being left alone.
What kind of government do we have that drives people to kill themselves?
What waste of a young, intelligent man. Think of all the information we’ve lost because of his death. Who knows what more we could have learned because of his ability? Now, we’ll never know.
I can certainly understand why he killed himself. Being a victim of government harassment myself, I know the hell we targets are put through. It’s neverending and vicious. So very, very vicious. It is the same thing that’s happening to Bradley Manning. I guess Bradley got lucky because he had people out in the streets protesting in his behalf. Aaron Swartz didn’t.
When is the government harassment of innocent people going to stop? When will the American people wake up to what the government is doing to its citizen?
Aaron Swartz didn’t kill anyone, threaten anyone, or commit espionage against the U.S. government. All he did was try to get information out to the American public. And for this, the government hounded him. Hounded him to kill himself.
I hope they’re happy with what they did to a young man in the prime of his life.
Another black eye for the United States government. Be ashamed of yourselves. You drove Aaron Swartz to kill himself.
Aaron Swartz, finally, you’re at peace.
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- Aaron Swartz’s Lawyer: Prosecutor Stephen Heymann Wanted ‘Juicy’ Case For Publicity (huffingtonpost.com)
- 10 Awful Crimes That Get You Less Prison Time Than What Aaron Swartz Faced (newsforage.com)
- Aaron Swartz Isn’t the First Hacker to Commit Suicide in the Face of a Federal Investigation (theatlanticwire.com)