Lavabit, provider di posta che esiste dal 2004, chiude per evitare di dovere consegnare i dati dei suoi utenti (fra i quali figura Snowden) al governo degli Stati Uniti:
My Fellow Users,
I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. 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. 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.
(Relativo: Il prezzo dell’ipocrisia, di Evgeny Morozov)