DPR Logs In While Ross Is In Prison

Along with evidence tampering, a recently discovered record in the government’s discovery evidence proves that, while Ross was in solitary confinement, locked in a monitored cell in the Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn with no access to the outside world or internet, someone continued to log into the Dread Pirate Roberts account on the Silk Road forum, which ran until late November, after the takedown of Silk Road itself. It is indisputable evidence that Ross was not the only person with access to DPR’s accounts.

DPR’s last log-in was on Nov. 18, 2013, nearly seven weeks after October 1st when Ross Ulbricht was arrested. (four days before the Silk Road forum was taken offline on November 22, 2013).

There is a record in the Silk Road forum database for every account, showing the most recent log-in. Although we know that DPR logged in on November 18, 2013, we still don’t know:

  • When that person or persons originally gained access;
  • How many times they logged into Silk Road as DPR since gaining access. or what they did;
  • How many DPRs there were and when they operated.

A big part of the government’s argument was that Ross was the one and only person acting as DPR. This is definitive proof that this is not true.

The defense contested at trial that Ulbricht was framed by the real Dread Pirate Roberts. They attempted to present evidence to the jury that strongly indicated the existence of other DPRs, but this was not permitted by the judge.

For more information, see Reason, Motherboard.