Convicted Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht has made his first public statement since he was sentenced to life in prison, writing a letter addressed to PorcFest, a libertarian gathering that he has previously attended.
“Unfortunately the worst case scenario has played out for me and I’ve been sentenced to spend the rest of my life in prison,” writes Ulbricht from the New York City detention facility he’s being held at while his appeal proceeds. In the handwritten letter, he goes on to say that he’s an “eternal optimist,” and “will never give up hope for my release.” He hopes the appeals court “will recognize the errors by some and outright corruption by others in the government and give me some kind of remedy. It could be a new trial, where hopefully the whole story can be told, or the case could be dismissed altogether.”
“In many ways, my struggle is just getting started now,” Ulbricht writes. The letter asks PorcFest attendees for donations for his legal fund, before concluding: “Keep fighting for your freedom and eventually we will win.”
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