"For the purposes of First Amendment analysis, this court finds that source code is speech." On this basis, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel went on to refuse to dismiss Daniel Bernstein's suit against the State Department, which had denied his requests to export the source code for "snuffle", a cryptographic algorithm he developed. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is assisting Bernstein's suit, this represents the first time a U.S. court has ruled that source code is speech under First Amendment analysis, and as such this represents a landmark ruling. EFF sees this case as having the potential to nullify the basis for NSA's control of cryptographic software exports. The case will proceed in Judge Patel's court, the Northern District of California, in San Francisco. Full scanned-in text of the decision available from the EFF here.