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OK wtf this appears to be real@virgilgr (US citizen, works for @ethereum foundation iiuc, correct me if I’m wrong) was arrested, charged for assisting North Korea in evading sanctions (presumably by giving talks in North Korea about using Ethereum?)https://t.co/J8iWtSOBR0 https://t.co/sH9ntDNioB— UDI WERTHEIMER (@UDIWERTHEIMER) November 29, 2019
I'm no lawyer, but it strikes me that there must be plenty of precedent for attending scientific conferences across sanction lines. All through the Cold War, to physics conferences prior to and during WW2.— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) November 29, 2019
According to the complaint, Griffith applied for permission from the State Department to travel to DPRK, was denied, then did so anyway.— Chad Loder ➐ (@chadloder) November 29, 2019
DPRK is a murderous and genocidal regime which has worldwide sanctions in place for a reason.
They murdered an innocent American citizen. https://t.co/X5PfqA67S5
Virgil was a friend of Aaron Swartz too - I can't help but think of the deja vu here of US prosecutors overstretching the law. They want to put him in jail for 20 years for giving a talk on blockchain tech at a conference in North Korea. https://t.co/p66E2LhwhH— Mustafa Al-Bassam (@musalbas) November 29, 2019
Overall, the government's case looks misdirected.— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) November 29, 2019
It also doesn't look strong.
As an aside, there are many ways for a young techie to have a positive impact on the world that do not create an image problem for crypto.
Does North Korea need help evading sanctions? Absolutely not, they do fine on their own.— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) November 29, 2019
Is a public conference talk by a young techie a national level threat? Absolutely not.
Who busts sanctions? Corporations working behind the scenes, with a profit motive.
Explicitly saying that you're there to teach people how to evade sanctions is poking a beehive with a stick. The bees will not understand the full context of your words. That doesn't excuse the bees for being overzealous, but it also wasn't wise to mention these words.— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) November 29, 2019
FBI arrests #Ethereum Foundation special projects director Virgil Griffith (@virgilgr) on suspicion of aiding North Korea evade US sanctions using @Ethereum.— Misha Lederman (@mishalederman) November 29, 2019
If convicted, the crime carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Care to comment @VitalikButerin?https://t.co/uLWI3uiabj
Code is not law. Because code is made by individual humans, and no matter how powerful the technology they create, those with real power can deal with them individually.— BitcoinSV Train (@BitcoinSVtrain) November 30, 2019
Lesson in realpolitik, via the Ethereum Foundation & US Justice Dept.https://t.co/FSV1i8G8rP@RealCoinGeek
Wow@virgilgr was just arrested for traveling "to one of the United States’ foremost adversaries, North Korea, where he taught his audience how to use blockchain technology to evade sanctions."— Ryan Sean Adams - rsa.eth (@RyanSAdams) November 29, 2019
The DOJ is paying attentionhttps://t.co/S9yu7gx77s
First my ex-agent John Brockman is a Jeffrey Epstein enabler; then my old friend Lee Smith turns Nunes propagandist; & now Virgil Griffith, whom I’ve known for ages, is arrested for helping North Korea dodge sanctions. I know how to pick ‘em.— Virginia Heffernan (@page88) November 29, 2019
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Arrest Of United States Citizen For Assisting North Korea In Evading Sanctions— File411 (@File411) November 29, 2019
Remember that time some of us said: “if you want to evade sanctions - cryptocurrency is how to do it”
Yeah fun times being called crazy https://t.co/ohQD0ZNRNe
Ethereum guy arrested at LAX after speaking at a crypto conference in DPRK, Manhattan USAO alleges “GRIFFITH and other attendees discussed how the DPRK could use blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to launder money and evade sanctions” https://t.co/itJ56uttly— Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) November 30, 2019
US arrests Ethereum developer for training North Koreans 👀— 4C Trading (@4C_Trading) November 30, 2019
➡️Virgil Griffith, linked to the Ethereum Foundation, has been arrested for allegedly going to a conference in North Korea and sharing his expertise in using cryptocurrency.
📊Read more here : https://t.co/F6Vgfza7Bm
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This story seems very biased but I am interested in this part:— ☠l̶̫͚̍̃͊́͐e̷̛̊́x̸-̴́̿n̷̛̜̣̥͛̋͛̓ǒ̶̾̿̒͂̈́̍d̸͛̔̀̽ë̵́☠ (@lex_node) December 1, 2019
"The Swiss based foundation used to have a canary at the footer of the ethereum site . That canary disappeared in May following a site redesign."
Has anyone commented on the canary removal?https://t.co/BiU1CGweis
“Manhattan U.S. Attorney announces arrest of American for traveling to North Korea to deliver a presentation & technical advice on using cryptocurrency & blockchain technology to evade sanctions.”— Mark Dubowitz (@mdubowitz) November 29, 2019
Warning to anyone enabling sanctions evasion. https://t.co/fZK4Lfxrxi
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