Is There Life Behind Bars? Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht is Now Online
Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht is now on the Twitter platform. His profile has accumulated 5,488 followers in just 18 hours.
Is there social life behind the prison gate? Definitely yes. Founder of the Silk Road, an online black market, Ross Ulbricht, now has a Twitter profile. His first tweet was posted on 19 July and already collected 2,600 likes.
A life sentence in prison
Ross Ulbricht was arrested in 2013 and sentenced in 2015 for money laundering, hacking attacks, identity theft and involvement in drug trafficking. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without having a chance of conditional liberation. His lawyers have repeatedly asked for a re-trial, but it was a failure. They even submitted a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States.
For the first time since 2015, Ross Ulbricht has the opportunity to talk, even if it’s in the online environment. His Twitter profile was created with the support of freeross.org.
“Hi, this is Ross! I’m hoping to find my voice here after all these years of silence. It has been a strange journey, but I’m so grateful for all those who’ve shown love and support and held me up through the hard times. You give me strength”- This was the first tweet of Silk Road founder.
Hi, this is Ross! I’m hoping to find my voice here after all these years of silence. It has been a strange journey, but I’m so grateful for all those who’ve shown love and support and held me up through the hard times. You give me strength. https://t.co/x4m6J3lgha
— Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU) July 19, 2018
No Internet access!
It is worth mentioning that Ross Ulbricht does not post individually on his Twitter page, as he is not allowed to use the Internet while in prison. Instead, he has the right to send letters, being helped by an outside person who is in charge of posting the messages. All the letters will be distributed on freeross.org and Ross’ tweets to ensure the certainty of the information.
Last hope= Presidential pardon
Once Ross Ulbricht’s lawyers failed to resolve the problem with the Supreme Court, the only remaining solution for Ross to get a reduction of his punishment is to get President’s pardon. That’s why the team behind Ross created a petition online. The description on Ross‘s Twitter profile says: “A minute of your life could save the rest of mine. Please sign the petition for my clemency”.
It is worth mentioning that Ulbricht has no criminal record. His actions were non-violent, in addition, his website banned selling stolen goods, hitmen, and child porn.
The Silk Road was the most sizable black market between 2011 and 2013 and was one of the first to support Bitcoin (BTC). According to reports, 9,519,664 BTC (currently worth nearly $ 71 billion) were transacted on Silk Road. However, we can say that Ross Ulbricht had a major influence on the initial adoption of the world’s first cryptocurrency – Bitcoin (BTC).