The Silkroad founder, Ross Ulbricht, purportedly sent his gratitude to all his supporters on Thanksgiving.
Ulbricht admitted that the darknet market Silkroad began only as an experiment that he thought was idealistic.
Silkroad was meant to allow people to buy or sell whatever they wanted without interference from the government and exploitation that polluted the corporate world.
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Ross thought of himself as a libertarian, believed in personal freedom to do as each one pleased with minimal interference from others.
Therefore, his supporters saw him as a hero who attempted to tame a truly rough and unruly trade.
The Silkroad founder Ross Ulbricht admitted in the courtroom of the “little things” he missed from behind bars, like throwing a Frisbee to a dog in the park and Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
During an interview, the Silkroad creator stated that despite his present circumstances, he was thankful to his family, friends, and supporters.
Those who chose to believe in him. He said that they were a source of encouragement to him and words simply cannot describe that feeling of in-depth gratitude that he felt.
In 2013, Ross Ulbricht, the founder of Silkroad, noted that the other thing that he was truly grateful for was that finally after one and a half months in the Special Housing Unit, (SHU), he was now in the general inmate population with other inmates.
The SHU was specially designed to isolate and punish the most chronic and dangerous of prisoners. It was a grim jail with maximum security.
The Silkroad founder was released from the SHU a day to his bail hearing.
Actually, his lawyer argued that Ross was non-violent and his confinement in the maximum security facility was not a necessity.
Now Ross was grateful that he could breathe fresh air, look out of a window, interact with people and even play a game of chess.
Isolated as he was from the outside, the numerous letters and messages the Silkroad creator got from his supporters gave him hope.
Those who advocated for his release and stood up for freedom were his source of encouragement. The Silkroad founder actually said that prison wasn’t as bad as he had fathomed.
One inmate actually gave him a piece of soap, another lent him a book to read and ward off the boredom and nostalgic feeling.
The Silkroad creator said that the inmates were given a treat of chicken and cranberry source on Thanksgiving, just to make the day festive for them, too.
The Silkroad founder Ulbricht shared that, just like life on the outside, there were acts of kindness and compassion in the prison, amidst the periodical harshness and power trips.
Ulbricht said he was grateful and that he would not blame anyone for his choices in life. The founder of the Silkroad was also grateful that now he could talk to his visitors over a table and not through a plexiglass like before.
Life had taught him to be grateful for the little things he once took for granted when he was a freeman. He said the things we take for granted matter a great deal in prison.
The Silkroad creator sends his “thank you” message to his family, friends, and supporters who have given and dedicated their time, resources, and love which meant the world to him, even from behind bars.