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Crypto giants urge Donald Trump to pardon Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht

Crypto giants urge Donald Trump to pardon Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht

Crypto giants are pleading the U.S. President, Donald Trump to free Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht along with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In a recent tweet, American conservative activist Charlie Kirk has requested U.S. President Donald Trump to pardon imprisoned Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. He insists that the 36-year-old fell prey to the dynamic Justice Department .

Moreover, in a recent tweet from the Morgan Creek Digital Assets co-founder, Jason Williams ,  pleaded Trump to make the right decision by pardoning Ulbricht.

Silk Road, the darknet marketplace was shut down by the FBI in October 2013. It enabled users to buy and sell illicit goods. It allowed the trading of goods such as weapons and stolen credit card data. This November, the U.S. government caught more than $1 billion worth Silk Road-related coins from a hacker known as “Individual X”. Notwithstanding being a first-time offender, Ulbricht was sentenced to two lifetimes in prison back in May 2015. Thereafter, he was convicted of promoting drug trafficking via the now-defunct marketplace. 

Prominent Industry Giants demand Donald Trump to release Julian Assange and Edward Snowden along with Ross Ulbricht

Charlie Kirk and Jason Williams are not the only conventional giants who have taken a stand for Ulbricht. Significant right-wing figurehead Mike Cernovich has also been consistently advocating for mitigating his sentence. Meantime, Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is requesting Trump to release WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

Speaking about Julian Assange, he is charged in the U.S. with a plot to accumulate and publish national defense data. He is surrounded by various other charges related to his access and disclosure of the U.S. diplomatic cables, military documents, and other secret information.

Snowden is a previous National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower. In 2013, he left the United States. He seeked refuge in Russia. He has since declared an appeal for Russian citizenship. 

The U.S. President can release people without any limitations. Trump is deemed to leave the White House on Jan. 20. After resuming office in 2017, he has transformed, pardoned, or revoked the judgment of 45 individuals indicted with federal offenses.

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