Majority of Lavabit Records Now Public

Oct 04, 2013, 10:29 ET from Lavabit Legal Defense Fund

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Court records in Lavabit LLC's fight for internet privacy and security are now public. Although most of the documents have been redacted, 23 court orders, pleadings, and other documents are now available to the public while the case is on appeal in the Fourth Circuit.

During an investigation, the federal government demanded both unfettered access to Lavabit's server and a copy of the Lavabit encryption keys used to secure web, instant message and email traffic. After having a motion to quash the search warrant was denied, Ladar Levison, the owner and operator of Lavabit, was compelled to surrender the encryption keys. Mr. Levison then made the difficult decision to suspend operations, stating on his website: "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit."

By suspending Lavabit operations indefinitely Mr. Levison has lost his main source of income and says that "without the donations people have made to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund there is no way I would have been able to afford the legal support needed to win my appeal."

Mr. Levison has received tremendous support in his ongoing battle to defend internet freedom and privacy rights. Thousands of people have opened their wallets and generously chipped in with contributions to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund. To date the fund has raised just over $150,000, "but that simply isn't enough" claims Mr. Levison.

Mr. Levison continues to ask for donations of what you can afford by visiting or via the link on

For more information, contact the LLDF at, or (703) 291.1999

SOURCE Lavabit Legal Defense Fund