NEWS FLASH -- Charges Dropped Against Phil Zimmermann

(Source: "EPIC-News" <epic-news@epic.org>)

The federal government has dropped all charges against Phil Zimmermann, the author of the popular encryption program Pretty Good Privacy. In a letter addressed to Zimmermann's attorney Philip L. Dubois, federal prosecutors Michael Yamaguchi and William P. Keane wrote that

"The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of California has decided that your client, Philip Zimmermann, 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."
Mr. Zimmermann told the EPIC Alert that he was "greatly relieved". The software programmer, who has become a folk hero to hundreds of thousands of Internet users as he has also lived daily with the threat of federal indictment said, "I am thrilled and elated by the decision".

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