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Lavabit Secure email shuts down

2013-08-08 20:26:05.550114+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

http://lavabit.com/ (Shutdown message quoted in the comments)

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-08 20:26:20.802855+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

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[Wiki] recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-08 20:33:43.853452+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

No news on the legal status of Jessamyn's signs for librarians.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-09 19:10:06.311922+00 by: Dan Lyke

Silent Circle shuts down.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-09 21:24:25.067558+00 by: Jack William Bell

Interesting conversation about this going over at Bruce Schneier's blog: http://www.schneier.com/blog/a...ives/2013/08/lavabit_e-mail.html

Many of the comments fall into the 'is there a way to fix this?' category.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-09 22:58:25.42945+00 by: Dan Lyke

RetroShare, or something like it? Really, that seems like the only way forward.