Mt. Gox CEO says he isn’t Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts

Mark Karpeles, the CEO of stricken Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has denied any involvement in the online black market Silk Road.

Earlier today in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, accused of running Silk Road under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts, a DHS agent said under cross examination that Karpeles had been a prime suspect in the investigation before attention fell on Ulbricht. Lawyers for the defense implied, if not outright argued, that Karpeles was the real Dread Pirate Roberts and had wanted to artificially inflate the value of Bitcoin.

“I have nothing to do with Silk Road.”

But Karpeles has outright ridiculed the suggestion in an email to Motherboard. “This is probably going to be disappointing for you, but I am not Dread Pirate…

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