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Snowden’s Email Service Shut down Voluntarily

Snowden’s Email Service Shut down Voluntarily

Added: Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
Lavabit, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s privacy driven email service, has recently taken a decision to pull the plug instead of complying with a court order which demanded it cooperate with the American government.


So far, it’s the first such entity known to have closed instead of complying with surveillance. The founder of the service, Ladar Levison, explained that he did have a choice and could have been forced to become complicit in crimes against the US people or walk away from a decade of hard work by closing Lavabit. The founder chose the latter and added that government-imposed restrictions have prevented him from explaining what exactly caused Lavabit’s crisis point.

Although Levison would have liked to explain his decision under the First Amendment, Congress has passed bills which say otherwise. The service founder claimed he couldn’t share his experiences over the last few weeks, even though he had twice made the appropriate requests. In the meantime, the representatives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation admitted that it was the first time a service provider preferred to shut down instead of complying with a court order they felt violated the Constitution.

However, there are signs that others are following – for instance, Silent Circle, another provider of secure Internet services, is also killing off its own encrypted email offering known as Silent Mail, explaining that it hadn’t received any government orders to hand over data so far, but expects it coming.

Edward Snowden is known to be a Lavabit customer – actually, it was a Lavabit email address, which was believed to come from Edward, who invited reporters to a press conference at the Russian international airport Sheremetyevo in the middle of July. Ladar Levinson announced that he intended to mount a legal challenge, and a favorable decision could allow him to resurrect Lavabit as a US company. In the meantime, Levinson warned everyone that he wouldn’t recommend anyone to trust their private data to any entity having physical ties to the United States.

August 23rd,2013

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Date:  Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2013-08-24 06:54:04)
frostycarver avatarJAYSUS! American Government is bang out of order! They are control freaks...they think its there right to control EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY! Well guess what WE ARE STILL FREE HUMANS...............not robot slaves to the MAN! So get over yourselves...cause we are NOT going quietly into that light!!!!!

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2013-08-24 06:54:23)
frostycarver avatarSnowden for PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!! lmao

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