Recently, the us attorney’s office in Los Angeles announced the arrest of Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith. Co-founder of the project Vitalik Buterin spoke in support of his colleague.
“I refuse to take the easy path and leave Virgil because I firmly believe that it is wrong. I will sign a petition for release, ” he wrote on the social network Twitter.
Buterin stressed that Griffith is his friend and he should support him. The Ethereum co-founder also noted that the Ethereum Foundation did not pay Griffith for the trip to North Korea and did not provide any support – this was the decision of Griffith himself.
“Geopolitical openness is great. It’s just great when a person who has been set up against the “evil enemy” since childhood goes to him and listens to his speeches. The world would be a better place if more people did this. This virtue works everywhere. We have improved our relationships with Ethereum Classic, Hyperledger, and other organizations. I don’t think Virgil was any real help in anything bad. He just gave a presentation on open source software. There was no “hacking training”. If he did something like that, I would have reacted harshly long ago. Virgil didn’t get any benefit from his trip. I hope that the United States will demonstrate strength and focus on real corruption, and will not pursue programmers who speak with publicly available information, ” Buterin said.
Recall that the other day Virgil Griffith was arrested at Los Angeles international airport on charges of violating the act on emergency economic measures (IEEPA). The US citizen faces up to 20 years in prison.