Phil Zimmereman PGP case dropped

Dan Newcombe NEWCOMBE at
Thu Jan 18 09:30:58 EST 1996

I know this has nothing to do with Linux (unless you run PGP on
Linux) but it is probably of general interest (or should be) to 
almost anyone in the computer business.


Subject--Zimmermann case is dropped.
Date--Mon, 8 Jan 1996 03:35:46 -0700 (MST)
 From--Philip Zimmermann <prz at>


My lead defense lawyer, Phil Dubois, received a fax this morning from
the Assistant US Attorney in Northern District of California, William
Keane.  The letter informed us that I "will not be prosecuted in connection
with the posting to USENET in June 1991 of the encryption program
Pretty Good Privacy.  The investigation is closed."

This brings to a close a criminal investigation that has spanned the
last three years.  I'd like to thank all the people who helped us in
this case, especially all the donors to my legal defense fund.  Apparently,
the money was well-spent.  And I'd like to thank my very capable defense
team:  Phil Dubois, Ken Bass, Eben Moglen, Curt Karnow, Tom Nolan, and Bob
Corn-Revere.  Most of the time they spent on the case was pro-bono.  I'd
also like to thank Joe Burton, counsel for the co-defendant.

There are many others I can thank, but I don't have the presence of mind
to list them all here at this moment.  The medium of email cannot express
how I feel about this turn of events.

  -Philip Zimmermann
   11 Jan 96

Dan Newcombe - Clayton State College - User Services - 770-961-3421 
newcombe at
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