This video from the USA says about itself:
Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, has abruptly shut down. The move came amidst a legal fight that appeared to involve U.S. government attempts to win access to customer information.
In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we are joined by Lavabit owner Ladar Levison and his lawyer, Jesse Binnall. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it. I would like to, believe me,” Levison says. “I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore.”
In a message to his customers last week, Levison said: “I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” Levison said he was barred from discussing the events over the past six weeks that led to his decision. Soon after, another secure email provider called Silent Circle also announced it was shutting down.
U.S. Government Espionage, by Immanuel Wallerstein: here.
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- Snowden witchhunt kills email business Lavabit (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Techman Texts: Lavabit shuts down in defiance – Pittsburgh Post Gazette (newestgadgetsinfo.com)
- Lavabit’s Ladar Levison: ‘If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It’ (forbes.com)
- Email Encryption Services Shutting Down To Avoid Forced Compliance With Government Demands (personalliberty.com)
- Email provider used by Edward Snowden shuts down, leaves cryptic but obvious message (dottech.org)
- Snowden fallout claims second email service (aljazeera.com)
- Snowden’s Encrypted Email Service Lavabit Shuts Down by Web Site Founder Levison After Government Reportedly Threatened Arrest (katenews2day.com)
- Lavabit email service unlikely to relaunch outside the US, says founder (theguardian.com)