The controversy surrounding the arrest of the Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht continues as yet another spanner is thrown into the works.
This time, it comes in the form of a discrepancy, which reveals that the Silk Road founder’s forum account, Dread Pirate Roberts or DPR, had been accessed about six weeks after Ross Ulbricht had been arrested for masterminding the dark web drug bazaar.
If this found to be true, this new revelation could have an impact on the Silk Road mastermind’s case.
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Three Possible Scenarios
Speculation about who exactly could have had access to the administrator’s account has birthed three conceivable possibilities.
It could either be a law enforcement agent involved with the Silk Road investigation, someone who had access to the investigation or alternatively, another Silk Road administrator.
The third outcome is bound to cause quite a few ripples and it will likely tear open this case.
However, the first outcome looks highly likely especially after newly found evidence points to there being a third agent involved in the fraudulent activities that took place during the investigation where two federal agents were arrested and charged with stealing bitcoins.
The Unknown Third Party
In a letter filed with the office of the US attorney in Maryland, Joshua Dratel, the defense attorney of Ross Ulbricht, spoke at length concerning the third suspect in the incidences of corruption during the investigations.
Dratel’s letter divulges that the third suspect (the person who was manning the DPR forum account after the arrest of Ulbricht), who is still at large, sold information concerning the investigation to Dread Pirate Roberts and later attempted to cover up their tracks by deleting the evidence.
Silk Road Admin Account Accessed Six Weeks Later
Ulbricht was apprehended and placed into police custody on October 2, 2013. Although the Silk Road site was down, the forums kept going until last November 22, 2013. According to forensic analysts, the last time DPR’s account had been logged into was on November 18, 2013, about six weeks after Ulbricht had been incarcerated.
As expected, this new discovery has thrown a shadow of doubt over the evidence used in the Silk Road case and called to question Ulbricht’s life imprisonment sentencing based on evidence with such discrepancies.
Lindsay Lewis, Ulbricht’s other defense attorney, expressed her conviction that an unknown third party, possibly the real mastermind behind Silk Road, had been accessing the account in the absence of Ulbricht.
In fact, the mastermind’s defense attorneys had argued that Ross Ulbricht could have been framed to take the fall for the real DPR during the Silk Road’s trial.
Government Involvement is Highly Unlikely
Although Ulbricht’s laptop was seized, his defense attorneys were skeptical of whether the government had managed to obtain Ulbricht’s login credentials in order to access his account.
They spoke about the cropping discrepancies that keep poking holes in the Silk Road case and explained why they had not been able to bring it up during the trial.
According to Lewis, at the time, they had been handed six terabytes of information to review, which was impossible to accomplish within the short time frame they had been assigned before the trial.
Lyn Ulbricht also voiced her support for her son, whom she believes got on the wrong end of an unfair sentencing. She sent an email to Motherboard, saying that for one to receive such impetuous sentencing based on evidence that is inconsistent at best is something she considers “a travesty of justice.”
Ross Ulbricht continues to serve his life sentence in prison.