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MIT report’s findings mixed in Aaron Swartz case

No wrongdoing on activist, but leadership was lacking

MIT officials said in a long-awaited report Tuesday that administrators engaged in no wrongdoing and did not press authorities to prosecute Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January after being charged with hacking into university computers and illegally downloading millions of academic articles.

The 180-page internal report, however, raised concerns about the lack of clarity of university policies, its failures of leadership, and lack of attention to such issues as hacker ethics and open-source ideals.

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