Online Activist Who Committed Suicide Was Being Closely Monitored by FBI

Steve Neavling 

Aaron Swartz, an online activist who committed suicide last month, was being closely tracked by the FBI, Salon reports.

Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show agents monitored the 26-year-old’s activity on the internet and collected information on even banal online activity, Salon wrote.

The probe began when the FBI suspected Swartz of downloading millions of albums.

Although it was determined he committed no crime by downloading the albums, he came under fire and was charged in connection with downloading millions of academic articles.

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