American authorities say this screenshot is from Ross Ulbricht’s seized computer. United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of NY Federal prosecutors have formally indicted Ross Ulbricht, the suspected mastermind behind the original Silk Road website (a new one has since sprung up in its place). Ulbricht was charged with four formal criminal offenses: narcotics trafficking conspiracy, continuing criminal enterprise, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy. Ulbricht’s defense attorney, Joshua Dratel, did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. UPDATE 4:00pm CT: Dratel wrote to Ars, saying: “Ross will be pleading not guilty at the arraignment.

The indictment was expected and does not contain any new factual allegations.  We look forward to beginning the discovery process and preparing Ross’s defense.”     

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