It was just about a month ago when the Justice Department kicked to the curb the attorneys representing the alleged Silk Road mastermind. The government said there wasn’t a National Security Agency “bogeyman” needed to discover the illicit drug site’s servers as the defense lawyers alleged.
Instead, the authorities said poor programming by defendant Ross Ulbricht allowed the FBI to easily discover the Icelandic servers because of a leak in the site’s login CAPTCHA.
“Ulbricht conjures up a bogeyman – the National Security Agency (“NSA”) – which Ulbricht suspects, without any proof whatsoever, was responsible for locating the Silk Road server, in a manner that he simply assumes somehow violated the Fourth Amendment,” Serrin Turner, the assistant US attorney in New York, had written in a September court filing.
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