Two weeks ago U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered
the government to “promptly” begin releasing Swartz’ records. The
government told my lawyer that it would release the first batch
tomorrow. But minutes ago, Kollar-Kotelly suspended that order at
MIT’s urging, to give the university time to make an argument
against the release of some of the material. […]
I have never, in fifteen years of reporting, seen a
non-governmental party argue for the right to interfere in a
Freedom of Information Act release of government documents. My
lawyer, David Sobel, has been litigating FOIA for decades, and
he’s never encountered it either. It’s saddening to see an
academic institution set this precedent.
This is not how MIT should deal with their shame over this.