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.
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
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.
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.
I got 9 pages of comments from the petition in the mail tonight, and I’ve been told about all the retweets and interest in what I’m trying to do here. I am deeply moved by your response and feel the beginning of that connection I was hoping for.
— Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU) July 20, 2018
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.
— Bitsonline.com (@bitsonlinecom) June 29, 2018
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