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This summer, the U.S. government demanded the encryption keys for access to Lavabit, the private email service used by Edward Snowden. On Thursday, Lavabit filed its appeal.
The agency wanted to “tap” the metadata of certain email accounts. Given the timing, they were quite possibly after Snowden’s location.
“In fact, the FBI agents even admitted their intention to collect passwords in transit so they could access emails protected by Lavabit’s encrypted storage feature."