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US attorney Carmen Ortiz defends action in Aaron Swartz MIT hacker case

US Attorney Carmen M. ­Ortiz broke her ­silence late Wednesday night and defended her ­office’s actions against Aaron Swartz, the open-information advocate who took his life last week while facing federal charges of hacking into MIT’s computer network.

Ortiz, who charged the 26-year-old Swartz with offenses including wire and computer fraud, has faced a firestorm of criticism after Swartz hanged himself Friday in his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment.

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