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Visiting MIT Scientist Resigns After Controversial Remarks Defending Jeffrey Epstein
CAMBRIDGE – Less than one month after it was revealed that MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito had received financial backing from accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, another faculty member associated with the Unversity has tendered his resignation.
Stallman’s resignation comes after a series of emails to the MIT CSAIL list were made public by MIT mechanical engineer Selam Giano in which the visiting scientist defended AI pioneer Marvin Minsky after Epstein trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre testified she was sexually assaulted by the late MIT professor when she was only 17.
“The arguments that it causes harm seem to be based on cases which aren't voluntary, which are then stretched by parents who are horrified by the idea that their little baby is maturing.” “I think that everyone age 14 or above ought to take part in sex, though not indiscriminately.
“It is unnatural for humans to abstain from sex past puberty, and while I wouldn't try to pressure anyone to participate, I certainly encourage everyone to do so.” CSAIL department director Dainela Rus confirmed Stallman’s resignation to TechCrunch earlier this week, indicating MIT was in the process of developing a transition plan for his absence.
Free Software Pioneer Quits MIT Over His Comments On Epstein Sex Trafficking Case
Free software pioneer and renowned computer scientist Richard Stallman resigned from his post at MIT following recent comments about one of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking accusers.
in 1990 and is considered the godfather of the free software or open source movement (though he detests the latter moniker) — he has long cut a divisive figure for his personal views.
The controversy swirling around him now stems from a series of emails from a CSAIL group email list — made public by Selam Jie Gano — in which Stallman said that a 17-year-old girl who allegedly was instructed by Epstein to have sex with AI pioneer Marvin Minsky likely seemed “entirely willing”
When a person on the email chain noted that the girl was 17 at the time, and that sex with a minor is statutory rape, Stallman replied, “I think it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’
The Daily Beast first reported that Stallman wrote in 2003, “I think that everyone age 14 or above ought to take part in sex, though not indiscriminately.
The disgraced financier, who killed himself in a jail cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, had been involved in landing gifts from others of about $7.5 million.
- On 6. maj 2021
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