The cryptocurrency ecosystem has seen quite a few users who were prosecuted for using the decentralized ecosystem for nefarious practices. One standout example of this was Ross Ulbricht, who was jailed in connection with the Silk Road scandal in 2013. He was convicted of money laundering and major computer hacks and was worth a whopping $28.5 million at the time of his arrest. Since then, many proponents from the field of digital assets have come out in support of Ulbricht, claiming that the regulations on which he was arrested were flawed or flimsy.
Roger Ver, the Chief Executive Officer of Bitcoin.com and a major Bitcoin Cash [BCH] advocate, has been a supporter of Ross Ulbricht for a long time and recently declared his support again with a tweet. In the message, he had tagged Donald Trump, asking for Ulbricht’s release, while also sharing a message from Tim Draper, who supported the Silk Road Founder.
Tim Draper said:
“Free Ross! We need that guy in the economy. That’s all there is to it. He is clearly one of the great entrepreneurs in the world. He should be pardoned, he should get out of jail.”
Draper isn’t the only famous personality in the crypto-verse who has supported Ulbricht in the past, as Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin [LTC], had also come in support of the jailed crypto-enthusiast. Lee had earlier stated:
“Whatever you think of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, creator of Silk Road, does not deserve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.”
The Free Ross movement has been ongoing for a long time now, with the hashtag #freeross becoming a symbol against oppressive prosecution. Roger Ver had spoken about Ulbricht multiple times earlier and had even written a letter to Ulbricht. The CEO had discussed the issue with Gabriel Cardona on a Bitcoin.com episode too. He said in the episode:
“Basically, Ross Ulbricht is the person that made Bitcoin start to become popular to being with. He made a useful platform that people started to use. Silk Road was useful, so, people started to use it and that’s what kicked-off this whole ecosystem.”
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