Silent Circle is shutting down their email service:

However, we have reconsidered this position. We’ve been thinking about this for some time, whether it was a good idea at all. Today, another secure email provider, Lavabit, shut down their system lest they “be complicit in crimes against the American people.” We see the writing the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now. We have not received subpoenas, warrants, security letters, or anything else by any government, and this is why we are acting now.

Two things:

  • Mail hosting is a bitch.
  • Parsing their words, it appears they were not pressured like Lavabit.

We smell a little publicity hunting in this announcement. However:

Based on what we are seeing, any data stored on any service anywhere on the Internet is subject to government scrutiny. If you store it they will come. Silent Circle or any provider that stores or processes data is subject to subpoena, National Security Letters, and other local equivalents. This isn’t a US-specific issue, and I think globally we are in for some very interesting conversations as societies attempt to determine what privacy really means in the information age.