A billboard has been photographed in New York’s Times Square calling for the release of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht.
Yesterday there was a picture of the billboard Posted on Twitter and includes a photo of Ulbricht next to the caption “Free Ross”. The website requesting the release of Ulbricht—freeross.org– is also on the board, you will stay in Times Square for several months, according to the Twitter account “ClemencyForRoss”.
Ulbricht, 36, was arrested and jailed in 2013 for setting up Silk Road – a darknet market where users could buy and sell illegal drugs and fake documents with Bitcoin.
The website ran from 2011 to 2013 and Reportedly made $ 214 million in revenue before it was shut down by the FBI.
Ulbricht is currently serving a double life sentence without parole in New York after he was found guilty drug trafficking, criminal enterprises, aid in and promotion of the spread of drugs via the Internet, computer hacking and money laundering.
A “generous supporterPaid the billboard, the freeross.org Twitter account wrote. It added that “no # FreeRoss money was spent on it”.
The Twitter post has more than 2500 likes and nearly 500 retweets so far.
The case of Ulbricht has caused controversy, and many high-profile figures in the crypto space have asked for his release.
A grace petition was launched shortly after Ulbrict’s prison sentence, claiming that his conviction was “full of abuse”. It will be sent to President Donald Trump with a request to reduce the Ulbrict penalty if it has 300,000 signatures.
At the time of writing, it had nearly 291,000 signatures.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify that the Silk Road generated $ 214 million in revenue and no profit during the run.
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