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Email Provider Threatened By Feds for Closing Rather Than Snooping

The owner of an encrypted email service used by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden said he has been threatened with criminal charges for refusing to comply with a secret surveillance order to turn over information about his customers.

"I could be arrested for this action," Ladar Levison told NBC News about his decision to shut down his company, Lavabit LLC, in protest over a secret court order he had received from a federal court that is overseeing the investigation into Snowden.

Lavabit said he was barred by federal law from elaborating on the order or any of his communications with federal prosecutors. But a source familiar with the matter told NBC News that James Trump, a senior litigation counsel in the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va., sent an email to Levison's lawyer last Thursday – the day Lavabit was shuttered -- stating that Levison may have "violated the court order," a statement that was interpreted as a possible threat to charge Levison with contempt of court.

Editor's Note: More on Lavabit and Silent Circle shuttering their encrypted email services rather then cooperate with government surveillance.

Source: NBC News. Read full article. (link)

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  • Live Free or Diet||

    On the basis of secret laws, secret courts issue secret warrants for secret spying and issue secret rulings with secret evidence.
    We're in trouble.

  • GroundTruth||

    Only in Amerika!

  • VG Zaytsev||

    Nah, similar procedures were followed in Russia through most of the 20th century, Germany for a while and numerous other countries around the world.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Led by EriKK Holder and BaracKKK Obama. Abetted by John McKKKain and Diane FeinSwine. Get some more Ks in there.

    Lindsay Graham-KKKracker. Hairy-Hand Reid. Peter KKKKKing. Nancy Horrorosi.

    John KKKerry, DicKKK Cheney. SamantKKKa Powers. Hitlery and SlicKKK Willie KKKlinton. George WKKKKK Bush.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    And some people still say that we aren't a police state.

  • ΘJΘʃ de águila||

    Nazi-Stalinist Police/Warfare/Welfare/Surveillance State: The US GOVT.

    Remember who has been president for almost six years now.