Republicans Darrell Issa and Democrat Elijah Cummings are among those unsure if charges fitted the activist's "crime."

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This article titled “Aaron Swartz case prompts letter to US attorney general from congressmen” was written by Karen McVeigh in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 29th January 2013 21.07 UTC

Members of Congress investigating the prosecution of Aaron Swartz have asked the US attorney general if the free information activist's political advocacy was a factor in the decision to pursue him.

A letter from the House Oversight Committee to Eric Holder indicates that it is taking a close look at whether the level of criminal charges and punishment sought by prosecutors were appropriate, as well as whether political factors played a part.

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