Thank you to the generous anonymous donor of $1,000 who wrote this letter and made it possible to pay the lawyer that week!


To Ulbricht Family,

You don’t know me, and I don’t know Ross. I have never met him or talked to him. I have no idea if he had anything to do with Silk Road. I never used Silk Road. Let me tell you why I am contributing to his legal defense.

I was an early adopter of bitcoin and I made a lot of money. Because I made so much money, I was very secretive about it. I didn’t tell people what I did for a living. I rented an apartment for cash. I often used the internet at the local library.

Does this story sound familiar? It should. If the feds wanted a scapegoat to blame for Silk Road, they could have arrested me and the accusation would have been just as plausible. For whatever reason, they found Ross first, and that’s why he’s in jail. Maybe he belongs there and maybe he doesn’t. All I know is that if the FBI had instead found me with my laptop at the library, I would hope that people would have believed that I was innocent.