By: True Activist.
Endward Snowden the whistle-blower who recently embarrassed America with his revelations of the NSA spying program, used an encrypted email service called Lavabit to communicate privately with Glenn Greenwald and other reporters.
After it was revealed that Snowden used Lavabit for his communications, the U.S government forced them to shut down after ten years of service.
Lavabit’s owner Ladar Levison, received a court order and was asked to handover all users’ private email data. Levison refused and said he would not “become complicit in crimes against the American people.”
Levison claims he was given two choices: cooperate with authorities or be shut down.
Here is the full letter to users regarding the shutdown:
My Fellow Users,
I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.
What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.
This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
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