The Silk Road trial just took a crazy twist implicating Mt Gox

What if the real mastermind behind the Silk Road drug market wasn’t Ross Ulbricht, who’s currently charged with running the site, but Mark Karpeles, the CEO of the ill-fated Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox? According to new developments in the trial today, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. DHS agent Jared Deryegnan admitted under cross examination that the agency had suspected Karpeles of running the site, and had prepared an affidavit to search Karpeles’ email as part of the Silk Road investigation. One of Karpeles’s companies had registered “Silkroadmarket.org,” leading investigators to consider him as a suspect. Other evidence ultimately implicated Ulbricht, convincing even Deryegnan, but for a long time, the investigation saw Karpeles as a…

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