PGP is OK to Use

By Martin Houston

I am reprinting below a statement sent out by Phil Zimmerman the author of PGP. PGP allows business to be conducted over the Internet with reasonable levels of privacy and assurance of the identity of who you are corresponding with. Now the air is clear we can all look forward to a more secure Internet. It means that we should also be able to have PGP software shipped with US originated Linux releases such as Slackware and Red Hat. At the moment they omit it - Linux FT has pgp software though, being developed in the UK and Germany rather than the States.


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

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