A month after the Silk Road take down and the alleged mastermind behind it Ross Ulbricht was taken into custody, Silk Road 2.0 was launched – interestingly enough on the same day – Wednesday, November 6 – as Ross Ulbricht’s first New York court hearing.
The site reportedly was to launch on the buzz day, November 5, which was when the Million Mask March of Guy Fawkes/Anonymous mask-wearers appeared publically in united protest of all things oppressive all around the world.
That a presumably new Dread Pirate Roberts was leaving enthusiastic posts on the Dread Pirate Roberts Twitter account adds to the wonder that surrounds all things SR/DPR…and Bitcoin….and Satoshi Nakamoto….and Cypherpunks…and Tim Mays….and…well, we’ll get to that later.
While DPR actively tweeted the new site’s startling activity just in the first few hours of its relaunch, Ross Ulbricht’s attorney, Joshua Dratel, accompanied him in the Manhattan courtroom where he was told of his bail hearing in 2 weeks and a pre-trial hearing within the next 30 days.
Outside the courtroom Dratel – as Ross Ulbricht’s earlier San Fran court-appointed attorney had done prior to extradition to NY – vigorously denied his client’s association with DPR, calling him a “poster boy for bail,” who had never been in any trouble before.
Will the real DPR please stand up? The rumors are lightning rods in the community/subculture which embraces the ideology behind Silk Road, and yes, Bitcoin, too. One is that the original DPR has been retired for 15 years and lives peacefully on the bottom of a South American continent….
Ulbricht has made reference to November 5 in the past, by the way – and in a video he made with his Austin BFF, Rene Pinnell, when asked if he thought he would live forever he said he thought he might – quite seriously; yet, just a few minutes later says something to the effect that he wouldn’t be around much longer.
Silk Road’s relaunch was delayed supposedly due to tech difficulties until the 6th.
This is going to be interesting.