Snowden WAS the Feds’ quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals One tiny little reference missed in massive censoring effort
One tiny little reference missed in massive censoring effort
It was Edward Snowden’s email account the FBI was targeting in its extraordinary legal case against Lavabit, we can now confirm.
Lavabit ran an encrypted email service that Edward Snowden was thought to have used in 2013 to contact journalists about the top-secret NSA files he had in his possession.
In documents published earlier today, hundreds of pages of previously sealed material related to the Feds’ battle with Lavabit were made available. It was immediately noticeable that there were huge swathes of redactions, most of them covering the email address and details of the individual the agents were specifically looking for and why.
It has long been rumored or assumed, though never officially confirmed, that it was Snowden’s account that was under scrutiny, particularly given the timing of the case: the documents were filed against Lavabit soon after Snowden said he was the source of the NSA PRISM leaks.
But no one has ever been willing to confirm it, and the huge redactions in the documents made it clear that the FBI was determined to keep up the pretense.