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Apr 19, 2003, 07:00 (86 Talkback[s])
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"The U.S. military's research agency cut off grant money for helping to develop a secure, free operating system after a top programmer made anti-war statements to a major newspaper.

"The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency halted the contract less than two weeks after The Globe and Mail of Toronto published a story in which programmer Theo de Raadt was quoted as saying he was 'uncomfortable' about the funding source.

"'I try to convince myself that our grant means a half of a cruise missile doesn't get built,' de Raadt told the newspaper.

"Within a few days, de Raadt said he received an e-mail from Jonathan Smith, a computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the grant's lead researcher, expressing discomfort over the statements..."

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