ANNOUNCEMENT: Well it has happened! Another Silkroad Darknet Market has spawned after the demise of Silkroad 2.0. The new site is called Silkroad Reloaded and is utilizing different technology than its predecessors therefore a new guide for Silkroad Reloaded will be coming soon. In the meantime Agora Marketplace is still alive and kicking bigger than ever with more listings than Silkroad 2.0.
30-year-old Ross Ulbricht who is currently on trial for being the anonymous mastermind behind Silkroad, an online black marketsite dealing in drugs, has alleged that he is innocent and has been framed by Mark Karpeles, whom he who insists is the real “Dread Pirate Roberts”. Dead Pirate Roberts, name used to refer to the anonymous mystery man behind Silkroad.
Mark Karpeles, former CEO of Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange, has protested and has been quoted as saying “I’m not a pirate or a fraudster”. Karpeles later took to Twitter to clarify what he meant by “pirate”, tweeting “I am not and have never been Dread Pirate Roberts.”
Ulbricht’s defense attorney, Joshua Dratel claims that the government has the evidence they need to prove that Karpeles, not Ulbricht is that mystery man behind Silkroad. In cross examination of Jared Der-Yeghiaya, Dratel read emails to the court which show that Der-Yeghiayan, lead investigator of the Silkroad case had collected sufficient evidence to accuse Karpeles of being the brains behind Silkroad.
While cross-examined by Dratel, Der-Yeghiayan, who is employed by Homeland Security, said that he had actively pursued Mark Karpeles as the alleged operator of Silkroad. In August 2013, less than two months before Ross Ulbricht’s arrest, he swore in an affidavit that it was highly likely that Mark Karpeles was the man they’d been looking for.
There are also allegations being made against Karpeles as it has been pointed out that Karpeles sounds exactly like the “Dread Pirate Roberts” did, in an interview back in August 2013. To add further fuel to these allegations being made against Karpeles, Der-Yeghiayan has testified that both silkroadmarket.org and tuxttele.com were registered and hosted under a Karpeles holding. In response to Silkroad allegations been made against him, Karpeles maintains that “he has nothing to do with Silkroad”.