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Lavabit shuts down citing legal interference

guises (2423402) writes | about 8 months ago

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guises (2423402) writes "Lavabit, originally envisioned as a privacy-conscious alternative to Gmail, has shuttered. Ladar Levison, the company owner, offers this explanation:

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.

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Should include the donations link (1)

guises (2423402) | about 8 months ago | (#44512629)

I was slightly hasty posting this story, I really should have included a link to their legal fund (which I'm sure is sorely needed). If this story gets posted, I'd appreciate it if an editor could add that link to the summary:

https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=K7EfcTy9kMrK0Wbr0VK7b98WWfZWQIxj5OyPyau23kOqNcWYu7K5s4ERRAi&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d92b37e35c82a7c965120dd5a9b6ad0e3 [paypal.com]
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