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January 16, 2015, 04:14:30 PM
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http://www.wired.com/2015/01/dhs-believed-mt-gox-ceo-might-silk-roads-secret-mastermind/

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In response to cross-examination by the defense in Ulbricht’s trial today, DHS special agent Jared Deryeghiayan revealed that in 2012 and 2013 he had pursued Karpeles as the suspected owner and operator of the Silk Road. He has also pursued Karpeles’ Mt. Gox associate Ashley Barr as the voice of the Dread Pirate Roberts, the Silk Road’s pseudonymous figurehead. Deryeghiayan confirmed he had even gone so far as to seek a warrant to search Karpeles’ Gmail account based on “probable cause” that the Mt. Gox owner had secretly administered the Silk Road in a bid to boost the price of bitcoin, and with it his own substantial cryptocurrency fortune.

In an August 2013 affidavit written by Deryeghiayan and read aloud by Ulbricht’s defense attorney Joshua Dratel, the agent cited evidence that included Karpeles’ purported control of the website silkroadmarket.org, information received from a federal informant working with Karpeles, and Karpeles’ profile as a programmer and bitcoin mogul. “I believe this evidence shows Karpeles controlled silkroadmarket.org and the tuxtele.com website and hosted them both at IP addresses he controlled,” Deryeghiayan wrote in 2013. In his affidavit, he went on to cite Karpeles’ Linkedin page, and to argue that Tokyo-based Karpeles was “well suited to [create] an e-commerce website such as the Silk Road underground website.”

In the same affidavit, Deryeghiayan also cited an interview I conducted with the Dread Pirate Roberts in July of 2013. “That sounds very much like Karpeles,” Deryeghiayan wrote.
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January 16, 2015, 04:16:22 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't DHS happen to seize millions of dollars from Mt Gox in 2013 over some missing paperwork?

EDIT: yep, they did http://betabeat.com/2013/05/warrant-reveals-department-of-homeland-security-seized-mt-goxs-dwolla-account-for-unlicensed-money-transmitting/
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mt-Gox-Dwolla-Warrant-5-14-13.pdf

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January 17, 2015, 10:21:31 AM
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Anyone know how long this case would likely go on for? just an approximation, its kinda fascinating.
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January 17, 2015, 03:47:19 PM
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That is crazy if it is really true and another negative outcome from this was the bad name it gave the honest bitcoin community
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January 18, 2015, 01:28:53 PM
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That is crazy if it is really true and another negative outcome from this was the bad name it gave the honest bitcoin community

I dunno if mark K gets blamed for everything it just looks like 1 bad actor vs multiple.
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January 18, 2015, 08:26:47 PM
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Anyone know how long this case would likely go on for? just an approximation, its kinda fascinating.
It technically could end at any time with a plea agreement or a granted motion to have the charges dropped by the defense. I would however find either of those scenarios to be likely.

It has been speculated by the MSM that it will last ~2 weeks, but who knows.

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January 21, 2015, 07:21:21 PM
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Anyone know how long this case would likely go on for? just an approximation, its kinda fascinating.
It technically could end at any time with a plea agreement or a granted motion to have the charges dropped by the defense. I would however find either of those scenarios to be likely.

It has been speculated by the MSM that it will last ~2 weeks, but who knows.

cool cheers!

I hope with MK getting involved they wont somehow freeze the 200k BTC from gox for some kind of strange reason, not sure they can even do that.
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January 23, 2015, 11:55:52 PM
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That is crazy if it is really true and another negative outcome from this was the bad name it gave the honest bitcoin community

I dunno if mark K gets blamed for everything it just looks like 1 bad actor vs multiple.
Its probably people blaming him for what he did while running mtgox and the scam.
Since a lot of people suspect it was him, they are probably finding ways to avenge with claims, just to get him involved in legal proceedings.

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January 27, 2015, 10:42:11 AM
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That is crazy if it is really true and another negative outcome from this was the bad name it gave the honest bitcoin community

I dunno if mark K gets blamed for everything it just looks like 1 bad actor vs multiple.
Its probably people blaming him for what he did while running mtgox and the scam.
Since a lot of people suspect it was him, they are probably finding ways to avenge with claims, just to get him involved in legal proceedings.

I could care less about mark K, hes shown little genuine concern about gox victims.  Him getting connected with silk road case made my day.
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