Friday, May 29, 2015

Life in prison for Silk Road's Scarface

CNN: "Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life."  Damn, that seems harsh for a 31-year-old who was charged with drug trafficking and money laundering run running the online drug marketplace as the Dread Pirate Roberts.  It seems the judge wanted to make an example of Ross Ulbricht as a warning to other would-be Pirates.

As it turns out, I read Part I of the outstanding Wired magazine article "The Rise and Fall of Silk Road" and Part II arrived in the mail this very day.  In the first half ("The Rise") I had sympathy for Ulbricht and his libertarian leanings...until he arranged for the death of an employee picked up by the FBI.  (He's OK: the FBI arranged for his "torture" and "death.")  And next "The Fall."

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