Sam Bankman-Fried should be taken off the Internet: Prosecutor
Key Takeaways US Attorney Damian Williams wants Sam Bankman-Fried’s cellphone, tablet, computer and Internet access severely limited. Bankman-Fried recently used a VPN on two occasions; He also used Signal to contact a former employee. Williams argues that Bankman-Fried is too computer-savvy to provide Internet access while out on bail. Share this article
Prosecutors say that since he is set to circumvent his bail conditions, Sam Bankman-Fried should be completely cut off from the internet.
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Prosecutors want to re-tighten Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail conditions.
United States Attorney Damian Williams submitted a letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan yesterday arguing that the court should limit Bankman-Fried’s cellphone, tablet, computer and Internet use while she awaits trial.
The request follows prosecutors’ discovery on February 13 that the disgraced crypto founder had used a virtual private network (VPN) on at least two recent occasions to access the Internet. Bankman-Fried claimed that he only used a VPN to access his NFL Game Pass (which he bought in the Bahamas) to watch the AFC and NFC Championship games on January 29, and the Super Bowl on February 12. Williams pointed out that Bankman-Fried did not need his Game Pass to watch the Super Bowl since it was broadcast on cable television.
Williams highlighted Bankman-Fried’s recent access to FTX US General Counsel Rain Miller via the encrypted messaging app Signal. On January 15, Bankman-Fried sent a message to Miller saying she would “really love to reconnect and see if there is some way for us to have a constructive relationship, sharing resources when possible.” Use the other, or at least check things with each.” Other.”
Prosecutors claimed the message was a possible attempt to influence a witness’ testimony, or even an attempt to intimidate Miller into not testifying against him. The court then banned Bankman-Fried from using encrypted messaging apps or reaching out to former employees without the presence of a lawyer.
However, Williams argued in his letter yesterday that Bankman-Fried was a “technically sophisticated individual with both the ability and the inclination to seek workarounds to his bail conditions”, and that only he should have fully access to the Internet. Except in matters relating to debarment from—case—will prevent further witness tampering. They also said that the use of a VPN by Bankman-Fried indicated that she may have been responsible for illegally transferring more than $800,000 in funds associated with Alameda Research in December.
Disclosure: At the time of writing, the author of this piece held BTC, ETH and several other crypto assets.
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