Ross Ulbricht’s Digital Journal Reveals Silk Road’s secrets

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Ross UlbrichtApparently, Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind in the development and running of the seized black market site, Silk Road, chronicled details and thoughts about the infamous site in a digital journal found by authorities on his personal laptop. Among his thoughts about the now defunct black marketplace is the fact that it would become a “phenomenon”.


The laptop, labeled Government’s Exhibit 200, is a Samsung 700z laptop seized by authorities in October 2013. The laptop was taken from Ross Ulbricht while he was in a public library in Glen Park, San Francisco. Two agents started an argument to distract Ulbricht while a third took the opportunity to snatch the laptop from him. The laptop was then analyzed immediately and an image of its hard drive created for more detailed evaluation.

Jurors were showed journal entries from 2010 and 2011 found on Ulbricht’s laptop. The confessions on the journals are quite incriminating,and clearly support some of the claims made by the prosecutors that Ross Ulbricht, for instance, was the mastermind behind the creation of Silk Road. In the journal entry created in 2010, Ulbricht simultaneously predicts the forthcoming unprecedented growth of Silkroad while also admitting to being the site’s creator.

Joshua DratelHowever, Ulbricht, through his lawyer, Joshua Dratel, denies charges of conspiracy to traffic in narcotics, despite admitting to being the creator of Silkroad. The journal undeniably demonstrates that Ulbricht was behind the site’s creation. For instance, an entry says that the site’s original name would have been “Underground Brokers”. The journal entries also reveal that Ulbricht viewed the US government as his “main enemy”. Another describes the trouble he found having to talk about the site to a girl he met without revealing the “bad part”.

Silk Road generated about $200 million in sales from drugs trading before it was shut down by law enforcement authorities. The prosecutors are keen to prove that Ulbricht had a pivotal role in the site’s thriving narcotics trade.