Computer genius Aaron Swartz, who was found Friday hanged in his New York City apartment, was openly critical of the White House's policy of drone strikes against terrorists.
For obvious reasons, there are a myriad of conspiracy theories swirling around the passing of the 26-year-old Internet entrepreneur. It does indeed seem strange that someone with such a promising future, would take his own life. Now it's being reported that the founder of the message board site, Reddit, loudly voiced his disapproval of the White House's "kill list".
"Every week or so, more than 100 members of the US national security team gather via secure video teleconference run by the Pentagon and go over the biographies of suspects in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, and "nominate" those who should be targeted in the attacks," Swartz once wrote on his blog. The New York City medical examiner deemed the death suicide by hanging, but there are still so many questions about the mysterious tragedy.
Was this was a simple case of suicide, or is there more to the story than the press is reporting? What is your opinion? In fairness, Aaron Swartz often discussed his struggles with clinical depression, so quite possibly there is nothing nefarious about his untimely death.
The Reddit co-founder also faced major prison time for computer hacking. So, maybe the pressure of the court case, coupled with underlying emotional problems, conspired to drive the Internet prodigy over the edge. Unfortunately, the public will probably learn the entire story. Either way, it's awful whenever someone so young passes away, especially a person with so much to offer the world.