FBI targeted Snowden’s email provider Lavabit a day after his identity went public

During the summer, secure email provider Lavabit — the preferred email service for PRISM leaker Edward Snowden — decided to shut down after 10 years to avoid being “complicit in crimes against the American people.” It became clear pretty quickly that his service was the subject of an investigation by the US government; founder Ladar Levison said that “the government tried to bully me” and that it was “amazing the lengths they’ve gone to to accomplish their goals.” Much of the specifics have been kept under wraps, even as his legal battle to appeal a surveillance order went underway earlier this month. Now, Wired has confirmed that the FBI targeted Lavabit immediately — it served the company with a court order the day after Snowden…

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