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Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

22
May
2014

After Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks from last year, rumors circulated that Snowden used Lavabit, which at the time was a hugely popular secure email service. Soon after that, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison wrote that he was forced to decide between being “complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” He decided to shut Lavabit down, and he added ominously, “I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.” Apparently he can now. In a post yesterday at The Gaurdian, Levison detailed what the 38 days of what sounds like legal hell that lasted from the day federal agents knocked

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