Ladar Levison is the Founder of Lavabit LLC. Founded in 2004 (and originally named Nerdshack), Lavabit served as a place for free private and secure email accounts. By August of 2013, Levison had grown Lavabit to over 410,000 users, with over 10,000 paid subscribers. Levison created Lavabit because he believes that privacy is a fundamental, and necessary right for a free and fair democracy to function. On August 8, 2013, he made the bold decision to shut down his business after “refusing to...

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