You can’t have a private conversation over email, shuttered ‘secure’ service explains

“The days where it was possible for two people to have a truly private conversation over email, if they ever existed, are long over,” writes the technical operations manager at Silent Circle, formerly the provider of a secure email service. Silent Circle shut down its email service earlier this month as a precautionary measure, announcing that the growing surveillance powers of the National Security Agency made it impossible to keep its promises to users.

The move followed the shutdown of Lavabit, a similar service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Lavabit founder Ladar Levison implied publicly that he had received government orders to turn over data and was being forced to “become complicit in crimes against the American…

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