Litecoin founder signs petition to free former drug trafficker, Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht
Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin has signed a Change.org petition to free Ross Ulbricht. According to Lee’s tweet, the Silk Road creator doesn’t deserve a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Charlie Lee’s tweets have always been skirting controversy.
Earlier today he took to Twitter to congratulate Stellar Lumens (XLM) on passing Litecoin (LTC)’s market cap. But he further added,
“That said, it really doesn’t make sense to compare marketcaps of coins that are “printed”, b/c they have an inflated marketcap. Maybe I’m old school, but I only care about decentralized mineable coins.”
Charlie Lee explains that an article on the Silk Road led to him to find out about the number one cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.
I found out about Bitcoin from an article on Silk Road. Whatever you think of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, creator of Silk Road, does not deserve a life sentence w/o the possibility of parole. Please join me to sign the petition: https://t.co/ln7BeGuoWR #FreeRossPetition @Free_Ross
— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) July 20, 2018
He even posted a video with Lyn Ulbricht’s interview, in the comments section. Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of the Silk Road website’s creator. The Litecoin founder’s tweet requesting that others join him in signing the petition to free the criminal wasn’t received well. Twitterati took no time in responding to this controversial tweet and they questioned his decision.
One Twitter user called J~ said,
“Because you read an article about Bitcoin? Should we also free Bernie Madoff because he taught you how to run a Ponzi Scheme?”
He further added,
“He knew everything that was being sold on his site and failed to shut it down or notify authorities. If you had made a site that ended up being the ebay of drugs, guns, and kiddy porn, what would you have done?”
Ross Ulbricht is the creator of the Silk Road website. The 33-year old is currently in was convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and computer hacking crimes. All these crimes were tied to the Silk Road website which he created under the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts.” He was arrested based on these charges in 2013 and convicted in 2015.
He is currently serving a life term in prison with no possibility of parole. Ulbricht and his supporters have tried filing several petitions for his freedom, but the court has denied them. The Litecoin Founder stands by his decisions and urged the naysayers on Twitter to do their own research on the topic.
In one instance, he replied by saying,
“Maybe you should read up on it more.”
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