|Submitted||Jan. 12, 2013|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All records on, about, mentioning, or concerning Internet activist and DemandProgress co-founder Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013). Swartz's death from suicide on January 11, 2013 has been widely reported:
From The MIT Tech (http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html): "Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech. Swartz was 26. “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” confirmed Swartz’ attorney, Elliot R. Peters of Kecker and Van Nest, in an email to The Tech."
From boingboing (http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html): "My friend Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday, Jan 11. He was 26. I got woken up with the news about an hour ago. I'm still digesting it -- I suspect I'll be digesting it for a long time -- but I thought it was important to put something public up so that we could talk about it."
From Mashable (http://mashable.com/2013/01/12/aaron-swartz-suicide/): "Aaron Swartz, online activist and founder of Infogami, a service later merged with Reddit, has committed suicide in New York City on Jan. 11, the Tech reports."
From Gawker (http://gawker.com/5975410/reddit-cofounder-digital-activist-aaron-swartz-dead-from-suicide-at-26): "Aaron Swartz, a programmer and Internet activist who co-founded a company that would eventually grow into Reddit, committed suicide Friday in New York City"
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The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents.