Former Monero developer Riccardo Spagni has been released from prison in the United States, where he reportedly spent “sixty-one days in solitary confinement. The developer’s release was due to the failure of South African authorities to “file a timely application in support of an extradition request.”
Spagni was arrested in the United States en route to Mexico. His arrest by U.S. law enforcement authorities was at the request of the South African government, which wants to extradite Spagni to South Africa.
That’s basically all there is to know about the American legal system.
Spagni is a dangerous criminal who allegedly stole as much as $87,000 from his former employer in South Africa ten years ago.
So he was followed by the FBI, read his mail and tapped his phone for years, and they managed to get Spagni off a private jet flight that no one knew about. All for $87K.
In fact, that was the reason for the detention:
All this dancing with justice is aimed at preventing the anonymity of the largest private cryptocurrency. Two months in solitary confinement would motivate any bravest crypto-anarchist to become compliant.
We wait for official statements from regulators that Monero transactions are no longer a secret to government agencies. Or don’t wait. Maybe they won’t tell us about it.
Anonymity isn’t the same anymore.
The bearded anecdote takes on a new meaning:
The best fish is a sausage. And the best sausage is a stocking with money.