Guido (he of python fame), has a rant about M2Crypto. This is a worry from an NDG point of view. In it he also makes the following comment about SWIG as well:
... I've yet to see an extension module using SWIG that doesn't make me think it was a mistake to use SWIG instead of manually written wrappers. The extra time paid upfront to create hand-crafted wrappers is gained back hundredfold by time saved debugging the SWIG-generated code later.
We’ve only been exposed to SWIG in a big way once, and it was a nightmare. The code involved worked on one platform, not on another, on same days, and not on others. Repeatable problems they weren’t … but to be fair, in that case it might not have been SWIG’s fault, but then, we couldn’t tell!