Ross William Ulbricht is extremely smart — let’s get that out of the way first.
It’s not simply that he allegedly built and maintained Silk Road — a secret Internet site on which criminals traded drugs and assassinations — for years.
And it’s not just that he built a fortune in Bitcoins for doing so. The FBI alleges he earned $20,000 in Bitcoin commissions from sales on Silk Road per day, and made $3.4 million in total. “By far the largest balance held by any Silk Road user at the time,” as the FBI wrote in its indictment.
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