“In the spirit of openness, balanced with responsibility, we will release the requested MIT documents, redacting employee names and identifying information as appropriate to protect their privacy, as well as redacting information about network vulnerabilities,” Reif wrote. “We will release these documents at the same time that we release Professor Abelson’s report. In this way, our own community and those outside can examine both these primary documents and Professor Abelson’s analysis, which he is now forming through a careful process that includes a review of this written material, as well as extensive in-person interviews.”
Reif noted that MIT has seen “a pattern of harassment and personal threats’’ since Swartz’s suicide. “In this volatile atmosphere, I have the responsibility to protect the privacy and safety of those members of our community who have become involved in this matter in the course of doing their jobs for MIT,” Reif wrote.
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