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It's easy to see Ladar Levison as a crusader for privacy and against government surveillance.
When the federal government demanded his encryption keys , Ladar Levison shut down his private email service , Lavabit, rather than compromise his users’ privacy. Private email was the business he was in, and a new form of private email is now one of his projects .
But Levison is also a businessman fighting for the right to run his business. In our wide-ranging interview, Levison drew a parallel between his decision to shut down Lavabit and a dramatic moment in Atlas Shrugged.
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