Unabomber tries to stop sale of his writings online

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The man known as the Unabomber, who waged a 17-year battle against what he considered the evils of new technology, is trying to stop the US government selling his writings on the internet to provide compensation to his victims.

Theodore Kaczynski is arguing through lawyers that more than 40,000 pages of documents should be returned to him. He objects to plans to sell the papers in sanitised form, with the names of victims removed, which he claims violates his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

The sale of the papers was devised by the government and approved by the courts last August as a means of compensating victims and their families for some of the $15m (£7.6m) they are owed under court orders. The documents include jottings on his 16 bombings and their respective impacts and a draft of the manifesto published shortly before his arrest.

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