> It is worth pointing out that the DigiNotar compromise may
> likely result in a loss of life
That would require that the supposed dissident were actually using their e.g. gmail email account to discuss incriminating matters. I consider SSL to be strong enough to protect my credit card numbers, but that's a long way from saying that I would trust my life to it. I would hope that people in that position would think very carefully about what sort of communication they would trust.