Surveillance State Hurts U.S. Economy: Lavabit Likely to Move Overseas

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CaptureIn a sign of things to come for the U.S. tech industry, Ladar Levison, the owner of Lavabit, the secure private encrypted email provider that shut down after 10 years of operation (2, 3) because he decided not to abide by the demands made by the United States government to spy on their 400,000 plus users, explains that if he loses his case against the U.S. government he will most likely hand over his company to someone overseas and let them run it. It’s important to note that the U.S. government already new that this would be the end result, that revelations about NSA’s PRISM program would hurt American Technology companies, but they didn’t really care.

Levison clarifies his position in the following interview on Democracy Now!. The segment in which he makes these comments occurs at approximately the 11 minute mark, but the whole interview is well worth watching, especially the part just before these comments where he explains how the U.S. government is “remotely loading malware onto people’s computers without any kind of restriction, restraint or oversight.”

AMY GOODMAN: What are your plans now? Are you going to restart Lavabit? Do you feel you have to go overseas to do this?

LADAR LEVISON: I feel if I did go overseas, I could run the service. But I’m not ready to give up on America yet. I think I have effectively come to the decision that I’m going to wait and see how the court case plays out. If Jesse and myself end up winning, I’ll be able to reopen Lavabit here in the U.S. If I lose, I will probably end up turning over the service to somebody abroad and let them run it, so that I can stay here in America, and I’ll move onto something else.

Lavabit: How One Company Refused to Give FBI “Unrestricted” Access to Emails of 400,000 Customers

The above information has been added as an update to “The Surveillance State Killed BlackBerry, and the Same Fate Awaits Other Tech Giants”.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    The surveillance state is controlled by the same people that control the economy.

  • BuzzCoastin

    he’s gonna find out what Snowjob found out
    no one wants a hot potato related to Uncle Homeland’s hardon
    in fact
    it’s Snowjob they’re actually after
    and this guy is standing in their way

    but really
    if they’re so god -damned-up-everyone’s ass already
    what’s the hubbub about with this dude
    another snowjob?

  • BuzzCoastin

    Surveillance State Hurts U.S. Economy
    no
    Surveillance State Is U.S. Economy

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