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Feds Threaten To Arrest Email Provider for Closing Rather Than Snooping on Customers

J.D. Tuccille –
August 19, 2013

In this post at the Hit & Run blog at Reason, the author writes that, 

...recently, encrypted email provider Lavabit closed its doorsrather than spy on its customersat the command of the United States government. Lavabit's action was almost immediately echoed by Silent Circle, which preemptively shuttered its encrypted email service and purged users' stored data without warning so that it couldn't be subject to a similar order.

Unfortunately, the government's position seems to be the same as that of the Mafia: If you're told to do business with the mob, you don't get to decide otherwise. Lavabit owner Ladar Levison reportedly faces arrest for his decision to shut down rather than cooperate.