[cryptome] Snowden's e-mail ISP Lavabit

  • From: "Al Mac Wow" <macwheel99@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:59:14 -0500




0103469>  Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds


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.

Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit
Legal Defense Fund here
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