The Lavabit notice was followed by a similar announcement from another encrypted e-mail service, Silent Circle.
Lavabit, the encrypted e-mail program reportedly used by Edward Snowden, has gone dark.
In a message posted yesterday to the Lavabit site, founder Ladar Levison said he decided to suspend service "after significant soul searching." Although Levison did not go into detail on his reasoning – he seemed to hint that he was legally prohibited from doing so – it is widely believed that he is currently working to stave off some kind of court order involved with Mr. Snowden's leaking case.
"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," Mr. Levison wrote to users. "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."