Secret Service monitored REDDIT co-founder Aaron Swartz before his suicide

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The U.S. Secret Service on Monday released the first 104 pages of agency documents related to its investigation of Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide earlier this year while under federal prosecution.

The heavily redacted documents, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Wired, focus mostly on the specific charges against Swartz and his arraignment as well as computer equipment seized during the execution of a search warrant on his Cambridge, Mass., apartment in 2011. The activist hanged himself in January while facing 13 felony charges of document theft.

“Swartz was home at the time the search was executed,” one document reads. “While the search was conducted, Swartz made statements to the effect of, what took you so long, and why didn’t you do this earlier?”

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