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Lavabit shuts down citing legal interference

guises (2423402) writes | about 8 months ago


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.



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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