8 August 2013
This message is not from Ladar Levison, Lavabit Owner/Operator
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:30:26 +0200
From: Trigger Happy <triggerhappy[at]openmail.cc>
Subject: Lavabit down ...
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what I saw today lavabit.com
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.
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
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