Secret Service Releases Aaron Swartz Booking Video

Aaron Swartz, a young programmer and political activist, helped launch several progressive political groups and was a major force behind a national wave of protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, which targeted unauthorized sharing of videos and music.
Aaron Swartz, a young programmer and political activist, helped launch several progressive political groups and was a major force behind a national wave of protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, which targeted unauthorized sharing of videos and music.
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A new video obtained by Wired Magazine shows the late internet activist Aaron Swartz cheerily conversing with officers during his booking on charges of breaking and entering.

Swartz was arrested near the MIT Campus in 2011 after downloading millions of files from the academic journal database JSTOR. Swartz, an open information activist, planned to freely distribute the materials on the internet.

He was later charged with two counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of computer fraud, carrying a possible penalty of $1 million and 35 years in prison. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz was later criticized for what some considered prosecutorial overkill.

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Under increasing legal and financial pressures, Swartz committed suicide in his Brooklyn apartment in January 2013.

You can watch the video here:

The video was provided by Secret Service as part of a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequent lawsuit filed by reporter Kevin Poulsen.