This is the first of a 6-part series concerning the Silk Road, and the capturing and imprisonment of Ross Ulbricht. All of this information is from public sources, but when brought together like this gives a better outline of the story than we have otherwise.
This first chapter begins with the founding of the Silk Road by Ross Ulbricht, and what it was meant to achieve. It discusses the bringing together of two technologies: the Tor Network, an anonymous and untraceable way to access the internet, and Bitcoin, an anonymous payment method.
The 2nd chapter looks at how Ross passed on the administration of the site when it became too large, and the beginning of Dread Pirate Roberts, which was a position, not a person, as was the character in the film Prince’s Bride. It seems clear from the evidence presented throughout this series that a number of people had access to this account, and were using it, not just one.
The 3rd chapter looks at the most likely candidate for succession at Silk Road, Mark Karpeles, who was running the largest Bitcoin Exchange at the time, Mt. Gox, and the person who stood to make the most money with the success of the biggest online market using Bitcoin.
The 4th chapter begins the long and complicated history of different federal agents who fought for control of the Silk Road case, and their interests in doing so. It also shows how the Silk Road was first infiltrated by agents.
The 5th chapter shows how some of the agents who were working on the case were evidently corrupt, and were using their findings to enrich themselves, while keeping others on the case in the dark about their activities.
For those who wish to send good wishes, or give help for Ross’ continuing legal battle, there is this page on change.org: Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website.
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