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Silk Road Vendor Sent Ricin To President Obama

Silk Road Vendor Sent Ricin To President Obama
November 16
18:57 2013

It has been over a month since Ross Ulbricht was captured by the authorities and details of the blunders that led to his fall started emerging.  Ulbricht is currently facing charges in Baltimore and New York, where he is currently being held.

Some have attributed Bitcoin’s recent surge in popularity to its precipitous dissociation with the underground drug market Silk Road.  However, most are very aware that underground marketplaces are not an ordinary snake to be felled by mere decapitation.  Silk Road was a Hydra and several marketplaces have risen from obscurity to fill the void.

Enough about the news you already know!

In a November 12th, 2013 letter to Chairman Carper of the Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Legislative Affairs responded to Chairman Carper’s written request for information relating to virtual currencies.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) arguably has the oldest and most extensive research on Bitcoin as their actions relating to Bitcoin date back to earlier this year when the DHS confiscated Mt. Gox’s Dwolla account.  Which may or may not have had some influence of Dwolla’s decision to cut ties with Bitcoin.

In response to Chairman Carper’s request for information relating to “Current Secret Service Investigations and Seizures:”

The DHS had this to say among many other things:

Of recent noteworthy interest was the determination that the suspect who had sent Ricin to President Obama earlier this year was a vendor on the Silk Road site.


Ricin is a highly toxic naturally occurring poison that slowly kills targets with a dose as small as a few grains of table salt.  It is made from the seeds of the castor oil plant.

All we know for sure is that an active Silk Road vendor sent Ricin to the White House.  We can infer that the Ricin never made it anywhere near President Obama and furthermore that though the DHS was able to identify the vendor as being active on Silk Road, we are unable to determine if that particular vendor was ever caught.

In 2013, there have been two people arrested for mailing Ricin to President Obama… Could one of these people be a Silk Road vendor?  Charges of the sort have not surfaced.

J. Everett Dutschke and Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson.

One thing’s for sure though… People really love Breaking Bad.

For more information read the letters received by Chairman Carper here.

Tune in for the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing at 3:30 EST on Novemeber 18th here.

For information regarding the suspect and community speculations, read here.

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  1. coqui33
    coqui33 November 16, 20:02

    Correction: All we know for sure is that [the DHS claims that] an active Silk Road vendor sent Ricin to the White House.

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    • Caleb Chen
      Caleb Chen Author November 16, 21:27

      Of course, that is what some vocal in the Bitcoin community have said. Here at Bitcoin Blogger we try to present information and sources without such biased statements.

      Reply to this comment
  2. Mas
    Mas November 17, 20:32

    This is absolute nonsense. The government needs to vilify Bitcoin, and so they trumped up charges that can never be verified. This tripe is so obvious I’m surprised they even tried it.

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