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  •  He didn't break into anything (3+ / 0-)
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    UnaSpenser, Lady Libertine, stargaze

    MIT had an open network.  And JSTOR allowed anyone on MIT's network to download those documents for free.

    It doesn't surprise me at all that the NYT got it wrong though and that they toed the government line and put it on the front page.  It would not surprise me at all if the DoJ and/or the US Attorney's office has a damage control operation going on right now.  

    Read the article from the man who was going to be an expert witness at the trial, a cybersecurity expert who explains how it all went down.  He has all the forensic information about the case. He's looked at the history and knows the commands and scripts that were used to download the academic journal articles.   He has no conflict of interest and did not know Swartz personally nor would he normally come down on the same side of things politically as Swartz would so it's not even ideological.  

    It's a matter of integrity though and he wants the truth out there.

    He specifically says that there are a lot of people out there saying and writing things out of ignorance and misinformation.  

    The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s “Crime”

    I did not know Aaron Swartz, unless you count having copies of a person’s entire digital life on your forensics server as knowing him. I did once meet his father, an intelligent and dedicated man who was clearly pouring his life into defending his son. My deepest condolences go out to him and the rest of Aaron’s family during what must be the hardest time of their lives.

    If the good that men do is oft interred with their bones, so be it, but in the meantime I feel a responsibility to correct some of the erroneous information being posted as comments to otherwise informative discussions at Reddit, Hacker News and Boing Boing. Apparently some people feel the need to self-aggrandize by opining on the guilt of the recently departed, and I wanted to take this chance to speak on behalf of a man who can no longer defend himself. I had hoped to ask Aaron to discuss these issues on the Defcon stage once he was acquitted, but now that he has passed it is important that his memory not be besmirched by the ignorant and uninformed. I have confirmed with Aaron’s attorneys that I am free to discuss these issues now that the criminal case is moot.


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 08:14:25 PM PST

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