Today in the ongoing Silk Road trial, Defense Attorney Joshua Dratel and his client, Defendant Ross Ulbricht, made another bold proclamation. A day after the defense stated that Ulbricht was not Dread Pirate Roberts, they pursued a line of questioning suggesting who actually controlled the online drug marketplace: Mark Karpeles, the wealthy founder of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange.
“This is probably going to be disappointing for you, but I am not Dread Pirate Roberts,” Karpeles told Ars via e-mail. “The investigation reached that conclusion already—this is why I am not the one sitting during the Silk Road trial, and I can only feel defense attorney Joshua Dratel trying everything he can to point the attention away from his client.”
Ars reached out to Karpeles soon after his name came up in court today. With a Department of Homeland Security representative mentioning that he was at one point a suspect for being Dread Pirate Roberts, we asked if he ever had any connection to Silk Road.  
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