Swartz's father blames 'government' at son's funeral

January 15, 2013

The Associated Press

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File: Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event.

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Internet activist Aaron Swartz's father told his son's suburban Chicago funeral that the Reddit co-founder was "killed by the government."

The 26-year-old was found dead of an apparent suicide in his New York apartment Friday. His funeral was Tuesday morning at a Highland Park synagogue. Swartz was facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence after being indicted in Boston in 2011 for allegedly gaining access to academic articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The charges carried a maximum penalty of decades in prison.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that his father, Robert Swartz, echoed the family's previous statements during the service, saying his son was "hounded" by the government.

Spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling in Boston says U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has no comment about Robert Swartz's remarks.