Thursday, April 9, 2015

Obama prohibits Bitcoin donation to Snowden

Recently, President Obama of the US enforced the executive order to prohibit cyber donation to criminals.

Executive Order -- "Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities"

According to this order, the US government can block any property of whom supported anti-governmental activists. Its effect includes digital currency such as Bitcoin.

Though not mentioned explicitly, it is obvious that this order aimed at Edward Snowden, an ex-officer of the National Security Agency, at large being charged with leaking national secrets.

My past entry: Mr. Snowden, a spy or other?

Ironically, Snowden collected more donation because of the order. Immediately after the order was published, the amount of Bitcoin sent to the address of Snowden was rapidly increased.

Bitcoin News: Obama announced the prohibition of donation to cyber criminals using Bitcoin (in Japanese)

Some brave, or just reckless, people might decide to donate after seeing the president order. One of such provocative people, Kristopher Ives, gave only 33 Cents with tweeting his personal information. The amount of devotion is tiny, but he seems serious to be opposing the treatment of the government. He compared Snowden to Deep Throat, a legendary whistleblower in Nixon era, in an interview.

MintPressNews: Obama’s New Executive Order Banning Donations To Edward Snowden Challenged With 33 Cent Donation

I think he will never be arrested. The US government is too busy to deal with 33 Cent crime. If there would be some movement, all Bitcoin addresses connected to the Snowden's will be investigated.

By the way, the amount of Bitcoin in Snowden's address is less than 30, equivalent to only 7000 USD now. The market of Bitcoin is still small, I feel.

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