Proof found: Essential Evidence Deleted

An essential piece of evidence [PDF], proving tampering in Ross Ulbricht’s case, was discovered more than a year after trial.

It was buried in an obscure file, deep within the six terabytes the government produced in the discovery. (This is the equivalent of 2.5 billion typed, single spaced pages: impossible to sift through in the time allotted before trial).

Four images of the Silk Road forum database were used in the trial evidence against Ross. It is now known these versions were wiped of significant communications between Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR) and someone using the handle “notwonderful,” who claimed to be a government employee with information to sell DPR about the federal investigation into Silk Road.

The conversation between DPR and notwonderful, in which they arranged a deal for DPR to pay for investigation information, was originally in evidence in four locations. The tampering was revealed by the discovery of a fifth back up of the forum database found  in an obscure file labelled “S,” obviously overlooked by whomever was covering up evidence.  It is a duplicate of the other images, except this one includes conversations between DPR and “notwonderful” that were deleted from the other copies. The person who did this had high level access to evidence. It could have been whoever was behind the notwonderful account trying to protect themselves; or anyone who wanted Ross convicted. The revelation that someone in law enforcement was working with DPR could potentially unravel the case.

In addition, conversations from a critical time period — the six weeks before Ulbricht’s arrest — are missing. Although the record shows that payments for information from DPR to “notwonderful” continued after August 15, 2013, there is no record of any communications after that. So although there was contact, and payments for information, and presumably information given, all communication after August 15 is mysteriously missing.

The six weeks before Ross’ arrest are critical, as the defense claimed at trial that DPR conceived and executed an exit strategy to frame Ross a few weeks prior to the site being shut down. In any case, this recent revelation of evidence tampering definitively establishes that the digital evidence in Ross’ case lacks integrity.

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