(The Hosting News) – A link to former NSA intelligence analyst and PRISM leaker Edward Snowden has resulted in the shutting down of two encrypted email services, the BBC reported on Friday.
The two companies reportedly included Texas-based Levabit and another, Silent Circle.
Silent Circle said it’d closed its service to “prevent spying” while Lavabit said it didn’t want to be “complicit in crimes against the American people.”
“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,” explained Lavabit LLC owner Ladar Levison via the company’s website.
Lavabit, according to some reports, was used by Snowden as he was staying in a Moscow airport before officially receiving asylum in Russia.
The NSA’s PRISM program was used by the U.S. to collect citizens’ phone records, something the government insisted was done to guard against outside terrorism threats. The Obama administration, meanwhile, has insisted PRISM properly conformed to privacy rights.