In an interesting work-around, Levison complied the next day by
turning over the private SSL keys as an 11 page printout in
4-point type. The government, not unreasonably, called the
“To make use of these keys, the FBI would have to manually input
all 2,560 characters, and one incorrect keystroke in this
laborious process would render the FBI collection system incapable
of collecting decrypted data,” prosecutors wrote.
The court ordered Levison to provide a more useful electronic
copy. By August 5, Lavabit was still resisting the order, and the
judge ordered that Levison would be fined $5,000 a day beginning
August 6 until he handed over electronic copies of the keys.
On August 8, Levison shuttered Lavabit, making any attempt at
surveillance moot. He posted an oblique message saying he’d been
left with little choice in the matter.