Silk Road Employee Who Dread Pirate Roberts Tried To Kill Comes Forward

from the not-quite-what-you'd-expect dept

When the feds arrested Ross Ulbricht saying that he was the Dread Pirate Roberts who had created and run Silk Road, the dark web e-commerce site for all sorts of illegal products, we noted that there were actually two cases filed against Ulbricht, with the second one involving some really crazy claims of Ulbricht’s attempt to hire someone to kill a Silk Road employee. Of course, the “hit man” he hired was actually an undercover agent, leading to a bizarre operation in which the Silk Road employee’s death was faked, complete with bloody photos. More details have now come out as the employee, Curtis Clark Green, has released a statement providing some details. Believe it or not, this Silk Road employee is a 47-year-old grandfather whose day job is working “at a non-profit dedicated to helping people with learning disabilities.” Not exactly what most people probably expected.

In the statement, he notes that he was basically a customer service person for Silk Road, helping out when there were problems and also keeping an eye out for potential fraud and/or law enforcement activity to report to Ulbricht, whose name and identity he never knew. He insists that he “never used illegal drugs and I never intended to be directly involved in illegal drug deals,” but it does appear that he does admit to the basic claims that were in that indictment against Ulbricht: that he “helped” a drug dealer (who turned out to be an undercover agent) by agreeing to receive a large amount of cocaine. That resulted in his arrest, which in turn lead to Ulbricht trying to have him killed, claiming money was stolen. Green insists no money was actually stolen.

Once again, it seems like the real story may be even more fascinating than anything Hollywood could make up.

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Corwin (profile) says:

Re: Hollywood imagination

Government imagination does it better.

Didn’t you notice that the same story happened twice? That could very well mean that the ill-fitting that recycled plothole-filled storyline is simply standard practice at the Federal Government’s Parallel Construction Creative Department.

Everything the DOJ/FBI does is security theater. They imagine plots and LARP them out, entrapping unlucky malcontents as scapegoats representing the last hyped-up non-threat. When was the last time they actually did something really useful? The last dangerous criminal enterprise in the U.S. of A. currently IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. And their law enforcement agents are street thugs, every last one of them, even if some -the happy fools- don’t realize it yet.

out_of_the_blue says:

What's your fascination with drugs and pirates?

Besides putting out undoubtedly false self-serving info for this admitted illegal drug merchant?

The criminal case applies only to those involved. Guess it’s just that those with criminal inclinations find other criminals more interesting than industry, artistry, production, or anything useful, as I do. It’s a revealing peek into the Techdirt mind.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: What's your fascination with drugs and pirates?

Reveling is your foxiness, my furry friend.

I take it that you don’t watch horror movies who would be fascinated by monsters and psychopaths killing people, nor do you never listen to rap or hip hop that are basically something that glorifies criminals, or read a mystery novel.

Gwiz (profile) says:

Re: What's your fascination with drugs and pirates?

Guess it’s just that those with criminal inclinations find other criminals more interesting than industry, artistry, production, or anything useful, as I do.

Geez Blue. I actually had to agree with you on the last post and now you come out with this monumentally stupid statement here. Bipolar much?

You have to realize how stupid that sounds when there exists a huge industry developed around the artistry and production of crime novels, both real and fictional. And that tons of people find them very useful for entertainment and educational purposes?

PRMan (profile) says:

Re: Re:

‘I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts’, he said. ‘My name is Ryan; I inherited the ship from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from is not the real Dread Pirate Roberts either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Roberts has been retired fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia.’

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

The criminal complaint is supposed to make him seem like the one and only DPR, Im sure they are going to try and pin a whole bunch of crazy shit on him. Its a error to be that biased so quickly and to assume evidence in a criminal complaint is even remotely true. At the very least let the defense make there counter argument, at least hear both sides first before making such a claim.

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