New York, October 4 (RHC)-- A technology entrepreneur has revealed the full story of why he shut down his encrypted email service earlier this year. Ladar Levison closed Lavabit in August after refusing to comply with a government effort to tap his customers' information.
Levison has now confirmed the FBI was targeting Edward Snowden, who used Lavabit's services. But he says instead of just targeting Snowden, the government effectively wanted access to the accounts of 400,000 other Lavabit customers, forcing his decision to close.
Ladar Levison spoke out after a federal judge unsealed documents in the case on Wednesday. He now says that since first going public, he has been summoned before a grand jury, fined $10,000 for handing over encryption keys on paper instead of digitally, and threatened with arrest for speaking out.
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