An interesting story that crosses a couple of recurring themes in the headlines – the debate on drugs and the concerns on privacy, secrecy, monitoring of the internet. Drug baron? Libertarian activist? I suppose the truth about Dread Pirate Roberts will all be revealed when the case comes to court. I wonder what Coleridge would have thought?
Take your pick,
cannabis in just three clicks,
heroin one click more,
(trades protected deep in TOR),
all rock, no powder,
cut the deal.
Paypal, credit cards
Only bitcoins are accepted.
once you’ve paid.
Silk Road had the market cracked.
Dread Pirate Roberts had this thing
of using Facebook and LinkedIn.
So the FBI were tracking him,
following his every move
until they had enough to prove
he pulled the strings,
he was the Silk Road king.
Then they pounced
they’d captured him.
now is closed,
deceased, no more
unless behind the doors of TOR
another’s waiting in the wings
to trade in such narcotic things,
successor to the on-line store.
3rd October 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “End of Silk Road: Dealers despair as FBI celebrates sting that caught the world’s biggest online drug dealer.” For nearly three years, he was the alleged kingpin of the world’s largest online drugs supermarket. Hiding behind the pseudonym of Dread Pirate Roberts, he ran a network that allowed thousands of dealers to sell drugs worth $1.2bn and was prepared to use violence to protect his privacy, according to the FBI. The 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht was arrested on Wednesday after a two-year infiltration by the FBI of the Silk Road website that made him millions of pounds. He will appear in a US courtroom on Friday. Yet the very public image of the man named by US law enforcement on Wednesday was starkly different: he openly talked online of his hopes, his heartbreaks and his desire to make a “substantial positive impact on the future of humanity”. He was a libertarian activist who was obsessed by money and whose widespread internet profile is all the more remarkable since he was also one of the most wanted men in the US. He even left a telephone number on YouTube as he advertised his truck for sale last year..
- FBI claims largest Bitcoin seizure after arrest of alleged Silk Road founder | Technology | theguardian.com (theguardian.com)
- Silk Road has just been busted by the FBI (dazeddigital.com)