Despite Heavy Redactions, Hinman’s Emails a Treasure Trove For The XRP Army!• May 5, 2022 2:09 pm • Comments
Yesterday we brought you a huge story courtesy of Stuart Young (follow him here on Twitter) who was finally successful in seeking a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the SEC.
His original request was made on January 2, 2022 and yesterday he finally received the documents.
He asked for three items:
(1) access to Bill Hinman’s public calendar and (2) a list of the 63 email recipients he discussed the "Hinman speech content" with, or (3) any official SEC meetings Jay Clayton had with Ethereum.
We published the SEC’s cover letter and documents yesterday.
Here is the cover letter back from the FOIA Services department of the SEC (we have redacted Stuart’s address for privacy):SEC Response
(hover your mouse over the letter and use the buttons at the bottom to read all 3 pages)
And here are the 71 Hinman emails:22-00877-FOIA Enclosure
Now here’s where it gets fun…
A lot of responses (rightfully) pointed out that the emails are redacted almost entirely.
We even got a reply from @JoelKatz himself, which was pretty cool:
Wow! Such shocking revelations. I mean, did you see this? pic.twitter.com/9ehHCeJGlq
— 𝙳𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚍 𝚂𝚌𝚑𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚣 (@JoelKatz) May 5, 2022
But when the XRP Army started to dig just a little bit deeper, we started to find out there is a lot of information here to data mine (like I said yesterday in my article).
And many of you did just that….
The names in the headers of the emails give a LOT of information.
Here was Dr. Kano with this find:
I just randomly picked a name from this listing, googled it and look what I have found!👇
Why is there someone from BlackRock on this listing? WTH pic.twitter.com/ebZQq5luPk
— Dr. Kano (@kanojahanyar) May 5, 2022
He later corrected himself, but make no mistake the SEC and Blackrock are very connected. It’s a revolving door. This was still a big find:
I have to make a correction as she was still working at the SEC during the draft of the speech, I initially googled her and saw her working for BlackRock but digging deeper I found that she started working there in 2021! I apologize!
— Dr. Kano (@kanojahanyar) May 5, 2022
More connections to Blackrock:
And remember Craig Phillips was a former senior leader for BLACKROCK
— HGTP://XRP_ENTHUZ$T (@CSH_ENTHUZST_IO) May 5, 2022
If they work for blackrock and mentioned in the emails then doesn't that mean they lost attorney client privilege that they just filed already? @JohnEDeaton1 @attorneyjeremy1
— Crypto Investor not financial advice (@ykcor85) May 5, 2022
@_CryptoArsenal dug real deep and started a spreadsheet to track these people:
Quick table of all those involved in the writing of the speech… Comprehensive personal opinion! @TAIGxrp @attorneyjeremy1 @JohnEDeaton1 @digitalassetbuy @freddyriz @bgarlinghouse @Ripple $XRP #XRPCommunity pic.twitter.com/IaRTsxmp3L
— CryptoArsenal (@_CryptoArsenal) May 5, 2022
Here is a zoom-in to read better:
The Digital Asset Investor said a week ago he was re-energized and like a Dog on a Bone going after names, so I can only imagine how he’s doing today with this list ☝️.
Probably like this:
— ProCoinNews (@ProCoinNews) May 4, 2022
Attorney Jeremy Hogan weighed in too with this observation:
ONE interesting thing I saw in the cover letter is that information "prepared in anticipation of litigation" is listed as one basis of redaction.
What upcoming litigation could it be? Kik?, Telegram?, LBRY? (No), or maybe, just MAYBE it was XRP that was referenced?? Hmm…
— Jeremy Hogan (@attorneyjeremy1) May 5, 2022
Keep digging, there is a LOT in here!
These people may be deceitful and dishonest and definitely NOT protecting investors, but they’re not very smart.
Even when they think they redacted everything, they still leave a treasure trove of information, and thanks to Stuart we are going to get every last bit!
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