Lavabit founder Ladar Levison, ungagged

4:04 pm in Uncategorized by davidl

Ladar Levison, founder of the Lavabit encrypted email service used by whistleblower Edward Snowden this summer, is enjoying newfound freedom of speech now that a federal judge has unsealed key documents in his case, effectively lifting a gag order as his crowd-funded case goes forward.

Lavabit received unprecedented attention in July when Snowden used a email address to invite human rights groups such as Amnesty International to a press conference at the Moscow Airport, announcing his international requests for political asylum.

At a CNET/Electronic Frontier Foundation event in San Francisco on Monday, Levison could finally describe how secret court orders and an unconstitutional search warrant demanding Lavabit’s SSL key led him to close down the ten year old service rather than betray the trust of over 400,000 innocent users.

Unedited video captures the first half hour of the interview, conducted by CNET’s Declan McCullagh.

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