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Bitcoin-sponsored storming of Capitol – Chainalysis
Bitcoin was used to sponsor some alt-right activists ahead of the storming of the Capitol
Unknown Bitcoin donor announced the decision to commit suicide
In total, the participants in the rebellion received about $ 1 million in bitcoin
Before the storming of the Capitol, an unknown programmer sent 28 bitcoins to far-right activists who took part in the protests
An unknown programmer financed the storming of the Capitol with 28 bitcoins. This is the conclusion reached by the analytical service Chainalysis on its official blog..
It is reported that on December 8, 2020, a programmer from France sent 28.15 bitcoins (at the current rate of ~ $ 1 million) to 22 bitcoin wallets in a single transaction. At the same time, more than 13 bitcoins were received by the leader of the ultra-right group Groypers Nick Fuentes, who was seen outside the Capitol..
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Chainalysis claims that the rest of the wallets belong to far-right activists and Internet figures. Who exactly told Chainalysis about the bitcoin transaction to the rally participants remains unknown.
According to Chainalysis, anti-immigration organization VDARE, streamer of alt-right (Internet movement) Ethan Ralph and several other addresses, the owners of which have not yet been identified, also received large amounts of Bitcoin..
There is no solid evidence that Fuentes was inside the Capitol, but he was present at a rally in front of the building when the riots broke out..
American television network PBS notes that in the days leading up to the storming of the Capitol, Fuentes urged his audience to go to extremes to prevent confirmation of Joe Biden’s election. He also hinted that the audience should kill the state legislators. Fuentes was previously blocked on YouTube for inciting hatred.
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Chainalysis was able to identify the sender of 22 bitcoins using the original wallet, which led to the French exchange. The first activity of the wallet dates back to 2013. This means that the sender of bitcoins has been in the cryptocurrency market for a long time..
Analysts at Chainalysis later discovered that one of the addresses associated with the riot sponsor’s wallet was registered with NameID, a service that allows you to link your identity online. Despite withholding the identity, an unknown French bitcoin sponsor provided an email address that led to a blog that has been inactive since 2014.
However, on December 9 (the day after the donation), an unknown French programmer published a post in which he announced the impending suicide due to health problems. He also wrote that he “bequeathed [his] state to certain people for certain needs.”.
The BeInCrypto editorial staff previously reported that the DLive streaming service purchased by the TRON ecosystem came under a barrage of criticism due to the broadcast of the capture of the Capitol. It was reported that the storming of the capitol not only broadcast the events live, but also collected donations during the broadcast..
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