More than $3 billion in bitcoins seized by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and belonging to Silk Road are likely linked to a former US intelligence officer. Recent evidence suggests that Person X is Sean Bridges.
Thebridge will be released in November.
According to recent court documents cited by Fortune magazine, the 69,370 bitcoins seized by police may also be linked to Carl Mark Seal IV, a former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) employee. Both agents were involved in an investigation into the now defunct Darknet marketplace.
While the report cannot be considered legal confirmation of Bridges’ connection to the seized TCBs, Fortune noted that certain references in the DOJ statement shed light on the matter:
Person X was able to break into Silk Road and gain unauthorized and illegal access to Silk Road, stealing the illegal crypto currency.
It is worth mentioning that a disgraced US intelligence officer was convicted of using Silk Road data from whistleblowers to steal BTC from sellers. He was sentenced to 71 months in prison in 2015.
Bridges then served a further two years in prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to money laundering charges. He is expected to become a free man in November 2021, as he is still in federal prison in Nashville.
Disgraced US agent likely has secret cryptographic wallets
Nevertheless, more evidence has emerged as the case has progressed, after some reports made headlines in 2016. Bridges unsuccessfully planned to flee the country and tried to apply for citizenship in other countries.
According to Fortune, such a theft plan could indicate that he has other secret crypto wallets to fund his escape.
Currently, Individual X’s wallet has a similar amount – of included BTC – in other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin Gold (BTG) and Bitcoinsv (BSV).
According to court documents, Ross Ulbricht – who the US government claims is the mastermind behind Silk Road and is currently serving a double life sentence – has said he would not accept legal title to the seized BTC.
In November 2020, our news service published a detailed report on the Silk Road bitcoin call that was hijacked by US authorities.
What do you think about the possible link between the disgraced Secret Service agent and the bitcoins seized on Silk Road? Let us know your comments in the section below.
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