Today, 19 July, Twitter was posted the first entry of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of the first nachavshego to accept bitcoin the darknet market Silk Road. Ulbricht is serving a life sentence without the right to release in a Colorado Supermax.
Hi, this is Ross! I’m hoping to find my voice here after all these years of silence. It has been a strange journey, but I’m so grateful for all those who’ve shown love and support and held me up through the hard times. You give me strength. https://t.co/x4m6J3lgha
— Ross (@RealRossU) 19 July 2018
In his message, Ulbricht wrote:
“Hi, this is Ross! I hope after all these years of silence, my voice will be heard here. It was a strange journey, but I am so thankful to everyone who has shown me his love, supported and helped in this difficult time. You give me strength.”
In confirmation that the posted record is indeed Ross Ulbricht, the entry is accompanied by a link to the website freeross.org where laid a copy of a note written by the founder of the Silk Road by hand.
This Ross. You know that I am the real Ross Ulbricht, because a copy of the note posted on freeross.org/twitter-note. My first time in Twitter and still don’t know what I will write. I think we can solve it together. For five years I’m in jail and I hope that it will help me feel closer to the outside world. Thank you that subscribed to me and for all your support in the fight for my freedom.
Ross Ulbricht, who under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts (dread Pirate Roberts) ruled existed in 2011-2013, first began to take bitcoin market Silk Road, is serving a double life sentence without parole, being convicted for committing a range of crimes, including money laundering and drug trafficking.
The sentence was handed down in may 2015, but, according to many observers, turned out to be unexpectedly hard: as stated by the judge, he wanted to send a message to other darknet operators. All this time, Ulbricht’s lawyers claim that the investigation and judicial process was accompanied by “massive corruption, abuse of office and violation of the laws.”
In December 2017, it became known that Ulbricht intends to challenge his conviction and sentence to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, on 28 June, the petition for review was denied.
Earlier this week the Free Ross Ulbricht posted on Change.org a petition to the U.S. President to pardon a Ross Ulbricht. To date, it has signed more than 10 thousand people.