Lavabit, the email service Edward Snowden reportedly used, has shuttered abruptly. Ladar Levison, its owner and operator, writes:
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.
It’s a sorry state of affairs indeed when one has to shut a business they’ve run for a decade and isn’t even in a position to talk about it. As Levison puts it, as things currently stand, he cannot even share his experiences over the last six weeks, despite making repeated requests to do so.
In a sobering conclusion, Levison sates:
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.
Don’t say you haven’t been warned. Repeatedly.