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article imageVideo: Democracy Now! interviews Ladar Levison of Lavabit

By Anne Sewell     Aug 14, 2013 in World
The encrypted email service used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shut down abruptly last week. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviewed the owner of Lavabit to try and find out why.
Democracy Now! held an exclusive interview with Lavabit owner Ladar Levison and his lawyer, Jesse Binnall.
The move to shut down Lavabit came amidst a legal fight that appeared to involve US government attempts to gain access to customer information. Levison decided to close down Lavabit, rather than comply with the US government's requests.
When asked why he shut down his business, which had been running for ten years, Levison said, "Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it. I would like to, believe me."
"I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore," he added.
Levison told his customers in a message last week: "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit."
In the interview, Levison explains that he was barred from discussing the events over the past six weeks that led to his decision.
Soon after the shut down of Lavabit, yet another secure email provider called Silent Circle also reportedly announced it was shutting down.
The full transcript of the interview can be read here.
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