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First Lavabit, now Silent Circle - Updated with Snowden's comment

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 He told Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald that the decision by Lavabit's owner to shut it down rather than comply with US court orders to provide access to its users' content was "inspiring" and asked why internet titans like Google and Facebook "aren't fighting for our interests the same way small businesses are".

Silent Circle, the provider of a range of secure communications services, has pre-emptively closed its Silent Mail email service in order to stop U.S. authorities from spying on its customers. That makes it the second U.S.-based secure email provider to shutter operations on Thursday, following the closure of Lavabit.

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