A couple of weeks ago, it looked like the federal government would (finally) start releasing what amounts to thousands of pages of documents pertaining to the Secret Service's investigation into Aaron Swartz. But on Thursday, MIT stepped in with a motion to delay the release of those documents. Swartz, the internet and open information activist who died earlier this year, was the subject of a federal case after he downloaded in bulk from the JSTOR academic database, using a computer set up in a utility closet on MIT's campus. The university seems to think that the pending FOIA request for the file could expose the identities of employees who assisted in the prosecution of the activist.
The FOIA request for Swartz's file comes from Wired reporter Kevin Poulsen, who ended up suing for access after his public information request was denied by the Department of Homeland Security (that's the parent organization of the Secret Service). And then, in July, a judge ordered the department to "promptly" begin the release of documents that promise to give the public a lot more information on the investigation leading to the federal case against the activist. That release was supposed to begin tomorrow. Now, the process is delayed once more.