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Blake Benthall - is it ok for the government to lie to you?

Posted by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 6:18 AM
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On Wednesday the FBI arrested a Californian geek named Blake Benthall, and accused him of running the latest incarnation of "Silk Road", an online marketplace that uses encryption, bitcoin and tor in an attempt to allow people to buy and sell things anonymously, including illegal things such as drugs.

The FBI claim that they way they found him was that he made a mistake (using his personal email address).

But the suspicion is that the FBI have found a flaw in the underlying tor software, which they are not telling people about, both because they hope to use it to catch future sites like Silk Road, and because it would embarrass other parts of the American government, who fund the development and promote the use of Tor, for activists in oppressive countries who wish to organise anonymously.


Do you think it is ok for your government to lie to you, under such circumstances, or should they come clean and admit where the original evidence came from?

by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 6:18 AM
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by Ruby Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 6:21 AM

A long, but related article, on other things the FBI are up to:

Shamsi and Harwood, An Electronic Archipelago of Domestic Surveillance

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