Records related to investigation of JSTOR downloading

Aaron Swartz filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.


From: Aaron Swartz

To Whom It May Concern:

On July 14, 2011 I was indicted in connection with alleged downloading of journal articles from MIT. The US Secret Service apparently investigated the case.

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any records related to Aaron Swartz or the downloading of JSTOR articles via MIT in 2010.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Aaron Swartz



Could I receive an update on this request?


From: United States Secret Service

From: Aaron Swartz

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 24, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.