Back On: Silk Road Operator Ross Ulbricht Joins Twitter Via Notes

Back On: Silk Road Operator Ross Ulbricht Joins Twitter

Via notes delivered from federal prison, Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht has created a new Twitter account. Ulbricht expressed uncertainty over how he’d use the newfound platform, but said he was “hoping to find my voice here after all these years of silence.” The development is sure to steadily bring more attention to his appeal for clemency — something that can now only come from a U.S. president. 

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Ulbricht Would Like a Word

Ross Ulbricht’s recent appeal to the Supreme Court may have been denied, but the convicted Silk Road darknet marketplace administrator is refusing to be silenced, having joined Twitter and sending out two new tweets as of July 19th.

In the first of these tweets, Ulbricht remarked on his “strange journey,” saying he was “grateful” for the “strength” his supporters had provided him over the past several years.

The authenticity of the tweet was guaranteed by an identical and simultaneously published handwritten note on the official “Free Ross” website. It marks the first time that Ulbricht has directly spoken to the public since his life-sentence imprisonment in 2015.

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The first “tweet.”

A few hours later, Ulbricht — whose Twitter bio read “A minute of your life could save the rest of mine. Please sign the petition for my clemency” — delivered another handwritten tweet, this time mentioning the feedback he’s received on his petition for legal clemency.

Hailing such feedback as “the beginning,” post-trial Ulbricht has seemingly positioned himself better than ever to have a platform from which to make his case for his freedom.

Presidential Pardon or Bust

After the Supreme Court’s denial of Ulbricht’s final appeal, Bitsonline explored how the former darknet operator’s only bet is for a presidential pardon.

Ulbricht only operated the Silk Road infrastructure, but was charged by federal prosecutors as if he was directly trafficking drugs himself. He is destined to spend the rest of his days in prison if a pardon doesn’t eventually materialize.

It may be an improbable hope. But it is a hope nonetheless. And with Ulbricht’s newfound platform, you can bet he won’t stop arguing for such mercy any time soon.

What’s your opinion? What would it take for Ulbricht to receive a pardon? Let us know in the comments below. 


Images via Free Ross, IBTimes UK

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