RFK Jr. Floats Idea Of Pardoning Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht• October 6, 2023 8:29 pm • Comments
Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. floated the idea that he will look into pardoning Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht.
While speaking with Bitcoin Magazine RFK Jr. stated “Yeah, I will pardon Julian Assange on day one, and probably Snowden as well. And I will look at other cases.”
He continued “I’m gonna look at Ross Ulbricht’s case, to see if he was justly convicted, or if he was being made an example of in order to discourage, you know, Bitcoin or the industry.”
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RFK Jr. says he would look at the Ross Ulbricht case and pardon him if injustice was done.
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Here’s what Nasdaq reported:
Democratic Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expressed his clear stance on figures such as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
Kennedy Jr. in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine published on Wednesday vowed to pardon them on his first day in office if elected as president. Additionally, he expressed interest in reviewing the case of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silk Road, to determine the fairness of his conviction and sentence.
Former Central Intelligence Agency contractor Edward Snowden, a self-proclaimed whistleblower, as well as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, have been pursued by the U.S. government for years over accusations they leaked confidential and sensitive information.
Kennedy Jr. stated, “Yeah, I will pardon Julian Assange on day one, and probably Snowden as well. And I will look at other cases… I’m gonna look at Ross Ulbricht’s case, to see if he was justly convicted, or if he was being made an example of in order to discourage, you know, Bitcoin or the industry.”
Ulbricht is serving a double life sentence for his role in creating the Silk Road marketplace on the dark web that allowed users to purchase almost anything, including illegal substances, with Bitcoin. The Silk Road website was created in 2011 and was eventually shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2013.
RFK saying he would pardon Ross Ulbricht f he’s elected president. #FreeRoss
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If you are familiar with the early days of cryptocurrency then the name Ross Ulbricht might ring a bell.
Ross Ulbricht who went by the pseudonym of Dread Pirate Roberts was the founder of the dark web trading platform the Silk Road.
The Silk Road was essentially the Amazon of the dark web where people could buy guns, illegal drugs, and other illegal products using cryptocurrency.
After a lengthy investigation, Ulbricht was arrested by authorities as the mastermind of the site and a Manhattan Federal court found Ulbricht “guilty of distributing narcotics, distributing narcotics by means of the Internet, conspiring to distribute narcotics, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiring to commit computer hacking, conspiring to traffic in false identity documents, and conspiring to commit money laundering.”
Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison with no parole.
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