On Wednesday morning, the CEO of MtGox attempted to reassure the public that he had not run off with hundreds of millions of dollars of his customers’ bitcoins. In a brief post on his embattled firm’s website, he wrote:
As there is a lot of speculation regarding MtGox and its future, I would like to use this opportunity to reassure everyone that I am still in Japan, and working very hard with the support of different parties to find a solution to our recent issues.
Furthermore I would like to kindly ask that people refrain from asking questions to our staff: they have been instructed not to give any response or information. Please visit this page for further announcements and updates.
Sincerely, Mark Karpeles
Neither Karpeles nor MtGox has yet to respond to Ars’ repeated request for comments.
Meanwhile, MtGox has been hit with a federal subpoena by prosecutors from the Southern District of New York, according to anonymous sources quoted late Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal.