This is the second of a 6-part series concerning the Silk Road, which became famous as on online drug market, and the capturing and imprisonment of its founder Ross Ulbricht. All of the information is from public sources, but when brought together like this gives a better outline of the story than we have otherwise known.
The 6th chapter show how the efforts of one of the agents who was on the track of the new Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR) was himself sidelined by others who had their own agenda. We can see from this how much politics played in the investigation, with different law enforcement groups vying for control of the case.
The 7th chapter looks at how one of the agents set up an account on the Silk Road and managed to compromise one one of its admins, and take over his account. Meanwhile another agent was working against the principle investigation by providing details of it for money to DPR.
The 8th chapter discusses how Mark Karpeles worked with agents to find a target for DPR, as long as he got immunity himself, and basically helped set up Ross in order to get off the hook himself. There then appears to have been a “parallel construction” by agents to explain how they knew Ross was DPR.
The 9th chapter shows how agents set up a pen-trap to identify Ross’ IP, and then got his home address and tap Ross’ laptop – all this without a warrant, or showing probably cause. They then managed to obtain an arrest warrant for Ross, after showing he had been logging on and off at the same time as DPR.
The 10th chapter continues the story by showing how the original investigating officer, who personally seems to have believed Karpeles was DPR, had to relinquinsh the case and go along with other enforcement agencies to at least salvage something of his years of work on the case.
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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