Aaron Swartz wasn’t a politician. He was a computer whiz who worked at Reddit and, later, drew the ire of the U.S. government with his pointed critiques.
Swartz took his own life at the age of 26.
The new documentary America argues that the government’s aggressive prosecution of Swartz for hacking into questionable files speaks to the heart of an administration which targets its political enemies.
The following clip recalls how Swartz first crossed the Obama administration and, later, why the government’s prosecution against him seemed to go above and beyond a standard case.
America, which warns viewers about liberal politicians all too eager to abandon the nation’s core principles, opens nationwide July 2, 2014.
Note: This article has been updated to correctly identify Swartz’s position with Reddit.