Carl Malamud Unredacts Himself and Others in Aaron Swartz’s FBI File
In response to Firdedoglake’s release of Aaron Swartz’s FBI file Carl Malamud, a person named in the New York Times story referenced in the FBI file, went on to Boing Boing’s coverage of the story and posted a link to a PDF he prepared.
The PDF contains names superimposed over the official redactions made by the FBI, including Malamud’s name which was poorly veiled when the FBI redacted it within a block quote of a publicly available New York Times article within Swartz’s file.
Note the name of the Times reporter and Mr. Malamud who was featured in the story and the censored quote.
Stephen Schultze was affiliated with the Berkman Center For Internet and Society at Harvard University at the time of the PACER case.
The role Amazon Inc. played in the situation is still unclear though it seems likely they gave the FBI access to user information – under what conditions are hard to know.
It is also worth noting where Mr. Malamud did not add his or any other name to the 4/15/2009 entry detailing a conversation between the FBI agent and a still unnamed person.
Given the rather mundane redactions the FBI seems to have made, questions remain over the FBI’s use of U.S.C Section 552 (b)(7)(F) the physically endangering other persons justification for not releasing the 22nd and 23rd pages of Swartz’s FBI file. More to come.