...EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden's Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov't
)... Levison is joined by his lawyer, Jesse Binnall. "Ladar is in a situation where he has to watch every word he says when he's talking to the press, for fear of being imprisoned," Binnall says. "The simple fact is that I'm here with him only because there are some very fine lines that he can't cross for fear of being dragged away in handcuffs."
"There's information that I can't even share with my lawyer, let alone with the American public," Levison says. "So, if we're talking about secrecy, you know, it's really been taken to the extreme, and I think it's really being used by the current administration to cover up tactics that they may be ashamed of." ...
... "It's important to note that Lavabit wasn't the first service provider to receive a government request, and we're not the first service provider to fight it," Levison says. "We're just the first service provider to take a different approach, and it could very well be because of our size that we have that option. We're wholly focused on secure email. Without it, we have no business.
...And the following is a well established police state strategy the guy is talking about, and which I can believe is actually happening, not only inside USA but also in other areas of the world which are all in the habit of blowing the USA and similar linguistic areas, on a regular basis.Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11
)... “Laura and [Guardian reporter] Glenn [Greenwald] are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, even in the face of withering personal criticism, and resulted in Laura specifically becoming targeted by the very programs involved in the recent disclosures,” Snowden said for the article, a profile of Poitras.
Snowden didn’t detail how Poitras was targeted by the NSA surveillance programs he disclosed, but suggested the agency tracked her emails and cautioned other journalists that they could be under surveillance.
“After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in American abdicated their role as a check to power – the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government – for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism,” he said.
“From a business perspective, this was the obvious strategy,” he continued. “But what benefitted the institutions ended up costing the public dearly. The major outlets are still only beginning to recover from this cold period. Laura and Glenn are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics.”