Taken down by the NSA? Lavabit - How Edward Snowden Sends His Ultra-Sensitive Emails

100th Monkey

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I heard of Lavabit a few years back, this shows you how scared the NSA are of missing your information, due to a some very hard to crack encyption.

Want to email like a spy on the run? Use Lavabit.

Edward Snowden is apparently using the service, which jumped into existence in 2004 as a result of privacy concerns about Gmail.
"At the time, Lavabit’s founders felt Gmail was a great service but that Google was actively violating the privacy of its users by displaying ads related to keywords in their e-mail," says the Lavabit official website.

So a few Texas programmers with a self-described "maniacal level of dedication" and "experience building mission critical systems" started a company called Nerdshack LLC, which then changed to Lavabit in 2005.


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

Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

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