An Oregon man who once begged the government to arrest him for giving Bitcoin to Edward Snowden has gotten his wish. Kristopher Ives, 31, was arraigned Thursday in Portland, on a 21-count indictment charging him with computer fraud, attempted extortion and possession of stolen credit card data.
There’s no mention in his indictment of Snowden or Bitcoin, despite Ives’ daring the feds to lock him up in connection with the two. Ives is a coder, free market anarchist, and Bitcoin enthusiast who drew national attention in April 2015 with his protest of then-president Barack Obama’s executive order for targeted sanctions against overseas cyber attackers.
The order lets the government seize the funds of anyone perpetrating or supporting a foreign-based cyber attack on the U.S., where the attack threatens America’s national or economic security. At the time, Ives read the broadly-worded directive as forbidding any financial support to Snowden, who was then entering his third year of exile in Russia.
Ives’ protested by sending the whistleblower 33 cents worth of Bitcoin and calling out it out on Twitter and Reddit. “It’s not much but it’s the principle of the matter.
Please come arrest me,” he wrote in a Reddit post that included his Google Voice number. “I live in Oregon and my name is Kristopher Ives.” The protest earned some news coverage and spawned a spike in sympathetic protest donations to Snowden’s support fund. Read more from thedailybeast.com…
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