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美国逮捕以太坊开发人员,因其培训朝鲜人逃避制裁

wuya 2019-11-30 14:36

 

最近在以太坊基金会(Ethereum Foundation)工作的维吉尔·格里菲斯(Virgil Griffith)因涉嫌参加朝鲜的一个会议并分享他使用加密货币的专业知识而被捕。


纽约南区联邦检察官办公室周五宣布,格里菲斯在感恩节当天在洛杉矶国际机场被捕。


“尽管接到了不要去的警告,格里菲斯据称还是前往了美国最重要的对手之一朝鲜,在那里他教听众如何使用区块链技术逃避制裁,”主管国家安全的助理总检察长约翰德默斯(John Demers)在一份声明中说。


起诉书特别提到了违反《国际紧急经济权力法》的行为。声明说,格里菲斯今天应该在洛杉矶出庭。


今年4月,朝鲜民主主义人民共和国(DPRK)举行了平壤区块链和加密货币会议。根据对格里菲斯的一项控诉,他要求批准出席会议,但遭到拒绝。然后,他未经允许前往会场,据称是经由中国。


对格里菲斯的指控是由联邦调查局的一名特别探员布兰登m卡瓦诺(Brandon M. Cavanaugh)撰写的。他指出,在2019年5月22日,两人参加了卡瓦诺所说的“自愿采访”。


起诉书称,“在朝鲜加密货币会议上,格里菲斯和其他与会者讨论了区块链和加密货币技术如何被朝鲜用于洗钱和逃避制裁,以及朝鲜如何利用这些技术从全球银行系统中获得独立。”


这份宣誓书没有指明任何具体的加密货币,只是断言格里菲斯拥有所谓的“加密货币-1”的专业知识。声明称,“在朝鲜加密货币会议之后,格里菲斯开始制定计划,促进朝鲜和韩国之间的加密货币1的交换。”


作为采访的一部分,格里菲斯向特工们展示了会议的照片和文件,并表示他希望在2020年再次召开会议时重返会场。


据他的领英页面显示,自2016年10月以来,他一直在以太坊基金会工作。如前所述,他曾担任特别项目的负责人。该基金会尚未回应CoinDesk的置评请求。格里菲斯的律师也没有立即联系到。


诉状称,格里菲斯有兴趣在另一个司法管辖区寻求公民身份。他的领英主页目前显示他主要居住在新加坡。最近,他一直致力于证明以太坊符合伊斯兰法律。


该案件由南区的恐怖主义和国际麻醉品股在反情报和出口管制科的协助下处理。


卡瓦诺写道:“由于提交这份宣誓书的目的仅限于证明可能的原因,它并不包括我在调查过程中了解到的所有事实。”

 

Virgil Griffith, who has lately been working at the Ethereum Foundation, has been arrested for allegedly going to a conference in North Korea and sharing his expertise in using cryptocurrency.

 

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced Friday that Griffith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving Day.

 

“Despite receiving warnings not to go, Griffith allegedly traveled to one of the United States’ foremost adversaries, North Korea, where he taught his audience how to use blockchain technology to evade sanctions," John Demers, an assistant attorney general for national security, said in a statement.

 

The complaint specifically cites violations of International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The announcement said that Griffith should appear in a court in Los Angeles today.

 

In April, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, held the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference. According to a complaint brought against Griffith, he sought approval to attend the conference which was denied. He then traveled to the conference without permission, allegedly by way of China.

 

The complaint against Griffith was authored by a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation named Brandon M. Cavanaugh. He notes that on May 22, 2019, the two participated in what Cavanaugh calls a "consensual interview."

 

The complaint asserts, "At the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference, GRIFFITH and other attendees discussed how blockchain and cryptocurrency technology could be used by the DPRK to launder money and evade sanctions, and how the DPRK could use these technologies to achieve independence from the global banking system."

 

The affidavit does not name any specific cryptocurrency, only asserting Griffith had expertise in what it refers to as "cryptocurrency-1". It alleges that "after the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference, Griffith began formulating plans to facilitate the exchange of Cryptocurrency-1 between DPRK and South Korea."

 

As part of the interview, Griffith showed the agent photos and documents from the gathering and said he would like to return to the conference when it happens again in 2020.

 

According to his LinkedIn page, he has worked for the Ethereum Foundation since October 2016. As previously reported, he has served as its head of special projects. The foundation has not responded to a request for comment from CoinDesk. Griffith's attorney was also not immediately reachable.

 

The complaint alleges that Griffith was interested in seeking citizenship in another jurisdiction. His LinkedIn page currently shows him primarily residing in Singapore. Recently, he has been working to certify ethereum as compliant with Islamic law.

 

The case is being handled by the Southern District's Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section. 

 

"Because this Affidavit is being submitted for the limited purpose of demonstrating probable cause, it does not include all the facts that I have learned during the course of my investigation," Cavanaugh wrote.

    来自: coindesk