Defense agency pulls OpenBSD funding

Wednesday, 23 April 2003, 2:49 PM EST

The project's leader, Theo de Raadt, said Thursday he was informed by e-mail that the remaining portion of the $2.3 million grant has been pulled. An e-mail message from a professor who is managing the grant did not provide a reason, but de Raadt said he believes the cancellation was prompted by concerns about the money going to too many foreign developers and to antiwar statements that de Raadt made to reporters.

"They decided that they didn't want (our project) anymore," de Raadt said Thursday, less than hour after he received notification. "This is it. It's over."

DARPA, the arm of the U.S. Department of Defense that funds research and development and is best known for funding the project that later became the Internet, awarded the grant in 2001 as part of its Composable High-Assurance Trusted Systems (CHATS) projects, said de Raadt.

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