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Crypto celebrity calls on Trump to pardon Ross Ulbricht

Crypto celebrity calls on Trump to pardon Ross Ulbricht

Many people in the crypto field are calling on US President Donald Trump to pardon Silk Road founder before he resigns.

44 days before the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States, some people in the crypto room are asking Donald Trump for a pardon from Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht.

In a recent tweet from Jason Williams, the co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets called on Trump to „do the right thing“ and pardon Bitcoin Union and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Peter McCormack, the host of the podcast What Bitcoin Did agreed a few days later, adding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the list of people to be pardoned.

@realDonaldTrump’s legacy as president may be remembered very differently if he pardons:
– Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU)
– Julian Assange
– Edward @Snowden

Humanity would only benefit from this.
ReTweet the shit out of this.
– Peter McCormack (@PeterMcCormack) November 24, 2020

These three – Snowden, Ulbricht and Assange – are just a few examples cited by advisors, experts and conservative commentators while Trump is still in the final days of his presidency. Ulbricht, the founder of the Darknet marketplace Silk Road, is currently serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole. He has been convicted of money laundering, computer hacking and conspiracy to trade narcotics.

Snowden, a former NSA employee and informant, left the United States in 2013 and was granted asylum in Russia. The Ministry of Justice charged him with violation of the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property. He has since declared that he intends to apply for Russian citizenship.

Although he is an Australian citizen, Assange has been indicted by several authorities worldwide, among other things, on charges of sexual assault in Sweden. In 2019, the United States indicted him for violating the Espionage Act of 1917 in connection with the publication of documents. These were published on WikiLeaks by U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Assange is currently in a British prison and is awaiting extradition to the USA.

According to a decision of the Supreme Court, the U.S. president can grant an „unrestricted“ pardon. However, this ruling is being questioned in the media and rumors have been circulating that Trump is considering a preventive pardon for himself before he leaves the White House on January 20. Since taking office in 2017, he has pardoned 45 people accused of federal crimes, commuted their sentences or reversed their convictions.

Since there is no limit to the number of pardons Trump can grant, a pardon can simply be a response to a public outcry or personal concern.

Trump said in August that he would consider pardoning Snowden

A lawyer for Assange claimed that a former Republican congressman had also offered the WikiLeaks founder a presidential pardon. While Snowden is a possible candidate for a pardon, he also argued that Assange should receive a pardon instead of him.

There has not yet been a definitive statement from Trump. But people from the crypto room are hoping to support Assange, Snowden and Ulbricht at least on Twitter and get Trump’s attention.

It’s time for @realDonaldTrump to#FreeSnowden#FreeAssange#FreeRoss
And everyone else in jail for victimless crimes. pic.twitter.com/dwQDThb6Bl
– Roger Ver (@rogerkver) November 26, 2020

REMINDER: President Trump should pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange before he leaves office.
– Pomp (@APompliano) November 8, 2020

Not all crypto users are comfortable with the idea that Ulbricht might be released. The reason for this is the controversial marketplace Silk Road, which he founded and which was used to buy and sell drugs.

„I will never understand why so many Bitcoin maximumists want to pardon Ross Ulbricht so badly,“ says Jax Draper. „I believe he has received an extreme sentence and that he may be able to change, but he is anything but ‚innocent‘.