Pc scientist and open software program advocate Richard Stallman mentioned he has resigned from his place as a visiting scientist at MIT’s Pc Science and Synthetic Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) after describing a sufferer of intercourse trafficker Jeffrey Epstein as “entirely willing” in emails despatched to a division record. Stallman has additionally stepped down from his roles as president and board director on the Free Software program Basis, the nonprofit he based in 1985.
Final week, the Day by day Beast reported that Stallman had additionally known as for the legalization of kid pornography and abolishment of age of consent legal guidelines on his private weblog in a number of posts revealed over the course of 15 years.
In his MIT CSAIL resignation, additionally posted to his private weblog, Stallman wrote: “To the MIT Community, I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT. I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings.”
MIT has been beneath scrutiny for its ties to Epstein, who a New Yorker investigation discovered had secured $7.5 million in donations for the MIT Media Lab, way over what was beforehand disclosed. Because of this, its director, Joi Ito, resigned final week and MIT ordered an investigation into the Media Lab’s ties to Epstein, who was discovered lifeless in his jail cell final month whereas awaiting federal trial on intercourse trafficking prices.
As a part of its preliminary findings, MIT president Rafael Reif admitted that the legislation agency conducting the investigation had uncovered a letter he wrote to thank Epstein for a donation in 2012, 4 years after Epstein had already pled responsible to procuring for prostitution a woman beneath 18. “I apparently signed this letter on August 16, 2012, about six weeks into my presidency,” Reif wrote. “Although I do not recall it, it does bear my signature.”
Stallman’s emails had been first made public final week by mechanical engineer and MIT alum Selam Jie Gano (all the thread was later revealed by Vice). In an e-mail despatched to a MIT CSAIL mailing record earlier this month, Stallman wrote that Virginia Giuffre, one in all Epstein’s intercourse trafficking victims, who testified that she had been ordered to have intercourse with late MIT professor Marvin Minsky throughout a visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands when she was 17, had doubtless “presented herself to him as entirely willing.” He additionally wrote that “I’ve concluded from various examples of accusation inflation that it is absolutely wrong to use the term ‘sexual assault’ in an accusation.”
Gano additionally revealed an e-mail that Stallman despatched to a different CSAIL record that included undergraduate college students. In it, he mentioned “I think it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.”