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15 Aug

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.
Sincerely,
Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit 
Legal Defense Fund here.