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Judge: MIT Can Redact Info In Swartz Documents

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BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can black out the names of university officials and other information when releasing documents related to the investigation into free-information activist Aaron Swartz.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton wrote in the decision Monday that disclosure could expose MIT employees, law enforcement officials and others to harassment and retaliation.

Lawyers for Swartz had asked in March that the documents be made public. MIT agreed but wanted some information withheld.

The decision did not set a date for release of the documents.

The 26-year-old Swartz hanged himself in January as he faced trial on hacking charges.

Federal prosecutors say he hacked into the JSTOR archive of scholarly articles at MIT with the aim of making the information freely available to anyone.

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