Encrypted Email Service Provider Used by Edward #Snowden Shut Down by Government

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Fri, Aug 9th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian, LavaBit, a service that provided encrypted email services, has been forced to shutdown for failure to comply with the US Government in surveillance on its customers. Reportedly, the service was used by Edward Snowden to communicate while stranded in a Russian airport.

The founder of Lavabit, Ladar Levison, wrote on the company's website: "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."

[...] Levison said government-imposed restrictions prevented him from explaining what exactly led to his company's crisis point.

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," Levison wrote. "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.

[...] Privacy advocates called the moves unprecedented. "I am unaware of any situation in which a service provider chose to shut down rather than comply with a court order they felt violated the constitution," said Kurt Opsahl, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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