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"Several well known users of Silk Road who can be seen as pillars of trust are aware of my previous identity so they may conclude for themselves whether or not to trust me," DPR writes. "These are people both I and the community feel they can trust to make sound judgement on the matter."
Roberts himself is presumed to have been an active member of the original Silk Road. Based on his forum posts and our private communications, the new Roberts matches his predecessor in portraying Silk Road as a sort of libertarian utopia rather than a black market in the darkest corner of the web. He also has the same flare for symbolism.
The news quickly reached many of the venues former Silk Road users frequented for information, starting with the old Silk Road's forums. "Libertas," a "global moderator" on the original Silk Road, triumphantly announced the news of the new site in a post titled "We rise again!"
In addition to Libertas, who is an employee of the new Silk Road, former Silk Road vendor "StExo," who earned the community's trust by investigating and exposing scammers, has also endorsed the new Silk Road.
Libertas declined to comment for this story, and StExo, who has since disappeared from the forums altogether, did not reply to our inquiry.
I'm sorry, but ordering illegal items off the internet (even through TOR) is just dumb and asking for trouble. I like my freedom a bit to much to touch TOR with a ten foot pole. TOR is painfully slow anyway.
And yes, absolutely the FBI has numerous "honey pots" to catch people ... and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they were behind this latest development. People are generally really stupid and have a very short memory.
"Oh look, it's back up! Sign me back up for that!" *eye roll*
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Never know man, did you read his credentials?
Hes obviously smart, but that doesnt translate to criminal behavior. I think he could have been smart enough to make someone else a patsy.
I mean 150 mill right now?
The posting directed interested users to send their response to "rossulbricht at gmail dot com" - indicating that "altoid" uses the e-mail adddress "firstname.lastname@example.org" (the "Ulbricht Gmail Account").