Richard Stallman resigns from MIT over Epstein comments

Richard Stallman speaks at the Commons Fest 2015. Stallman is a regular speaker at events, such as Commons Fest in 2015 (pictured). | Photo by Michael Debets/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Famed computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from his position at MIT over recent comments he made concerning Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. He has also resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation, an organization Stallman founded in 1985, as well as from its board of directors. Stallman is perhaps best known for having initiated the development of the GNU operating system in 1983, as well as for his work campaigning for the use of free software.

Last week it emerged that Stallman had cast doubt upon the reports that AI pioneer Marvin Minsky had sexually assaulted one of Epstein’s victims. In an email chain sent to the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) mailing list that was published by M...

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