Lavabit founder closed his secure email service to ‘protect the privacy of all my users’

It’s been a few days since Lavabit, the secure email service used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, shut down to avoid “crimes against the American people.” Founder Ladar Levison’s initial message detailing the shutdown was quite cryptic, but now he’s starting to speak out about the circumstances surrounding Lavabit’s closure — as much as he’s legally able to, anyway. CNET has shared an extensive interview in which Levison details the reasoning behind the shutdown, the reaction of Lavabit’s users, and his feelings behind the extend of the US government’s surveillance programs.

“For me it wasn’t about protecting a single user,” Levison told CNET, “but protecting the privacy of all my users.” He also has an issue with the government not…

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