On June 1, 2012, I announced that we would move our blog off wordpress.com, an American blog service, to a Canadian host, with its servers located within the borders of Canada. We hoped at the time that this would lessen somewhat the ability of the United States government to shut down our website. Recent events confirm the wisdom of this decision.
Zerohedge reports that Lavabit, which is apparently the email service of Edward Snowden, is in the middle of harassment by the US Federal government. See also: Snowden’s Super Secret Email Service Closes, Summing Up Why Tech Is Losing Billions Overseas.
Here is Lavabit’s farewell letter:
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
Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here.