Virgil Griffith Arrested For Teaching About Blockchain

in news •  5 days ago 

Arrested At The Airport

Virgil Griffith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on November 28. He was a speaker at the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference.
His charges carry a maximum term of 20 years in prison. He is a 36-years old resident of Singapore and citizen of the United States. He worked with the Ethereum Foundation.


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U.S. law enforcement agencies allege that Griffith traveled to North Korea (DPRK) and gave "a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions."

Source: https://news.bitcoin.com/crypto-community-erupts-over-ethereum-foundation-members-arrest/

Angered Reactions

Ultimately anyone writing code or creating resources for crypto can be alleged to be helping hostile jurisdictions avoid sanctions under this loose standard, whether or not they intend to

Nic Carter, Coin Metric’s founder

See what our Government has become — A government corrupt at the core, declaring publicly available information a national secret

John McAfee

Teaching about blockchain technology is illegal now in the Land of the Free

Erik Voorhees, Shapeshift’s CEO

Free The Knowledge

I'm scared. I hope I will never have to travel to the USA.

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Oh no. At first I thought you were saying he had been arrested in North Korea but then I read on. I hope he has the funds for a good lawyer.

Yes, in the US! It's still better than being arrested in North Korea, at least he won't be eaten by dogs.

I know, Hopefully he has a fund to pay for the lawyer

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