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Ex-secret service agent who stole $800,000 in bitcoin newly arrested

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Shaun Bridges, a former secret service agent who was part of the investigation into the now-defunct dark website Silk Road - but who was subsequently prosecuted for stealing $800,000 in the online crypto-currency bitcoin from the site - has been arrested at his home in Laurel, Maryland, the day before he was scheduled to hand himself in to begin his prison sentence.
The web of corruption surrounding the Silk Road investigation was nothing short of breathtaking.
Along with an undercover agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Carl Force, Bridges was involved in the investigation into "Dread Pirate Roberts", the mysterious figure behind Silk Road. Force was in communication with the Roberts account under the alias "Nob".
The Force and Bridges affair was to prove a humiliating coda for the government, leading attorneys for Ulbricht to say that corruption "Pervaded the investigation of Silk Road".
Force, using the other aliases "French Maid" and "Death From Above", used the knowledge gleaned during the investigation to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin from Ulbricht.
He used "Nob" - who was really Force - to procure the murder-for-hire for which he was eventually convicted, and Force, Green, and Bridges faked Green's death.
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Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges's 2016 re-arrest due to post-plea theft of $720k in bitcoins & preparations to flee

You may have wondered why Bridges was re-arrested back in January 2016 or so, given that he had already been busted for his thefts in cahoots with Carl Mark Force IV, pled guilty, and had been sentenced. It gets even stranger: the Secret Service had left Bridges in charge of $700k+ in bitcoins but didn't move the coins even after he was being prosecuted, despite being told of the danger and agreeing to move them. (Indeed, when the coins were stolen in July 2015, it took until December 2015 until anyone noticed, according to exhibit B pg20.) You might think that as Bridges was facing years in jail already with his plea bargain, he would be sure not to commit any crimes while still a free man.
Moustache discovers recently unsealed filings that show - nope!
The exhibits also feature a demonstration of Blockchain.info's SharedSend being broken, and brings to light a new SR1 bust of the money-exchangers JumboMonkeyBiscuit.
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The Silk Road Saga Continues, Shaun Bridges May Have Stolen More Bitcoins!

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Ex-Secret Service agent and Silk Road thief Shaun Bridges accused of stealing more bitcoin

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[Tech] - Shaun Bridges, disgraced Secret Service agent, pleads guilty to second bitcoin heist | Washington Times

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[Tech] - Shaun Bridges, disgraced Secret Service agent, pleads guilty to second bitcoin heist

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Ex-Secret Service agent and Silk Road thief Shaun Bridges accused of stealing more bitcoin /r/Bitcoin

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The Silk Road Saga Continues, Shaun Bridges May Have Stolen More Bitcoins!

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Ex-Secret Service agent and Silk Road thief Shaun Bridges accused of stealing more bitcoin

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Silk Road Investigator Shaun Bridges To Plead Guilty After Allegedly Stealing $820K In Bitcoin From Drug Market

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Silk Road cop Shaun Bridges gets 71 months in jail for stealing bitcoins from dark web drug site

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In the news • Bitcoin thief - Shaun Bridges - arrested Jan-28-2016

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Bitcoin crime news: Shaun W. Bridges gets sentence, Yuri Lebedev indicted

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Define Idiot: Former Fed Shaun Bridges (Admits Stealing 800K In Bitcoin)

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FBI Agent Admits to Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins Seized by U.S. Marshals

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Who would win: The collective governments of the world or Bitcoin?

Who would win: The collective governments of the world or Bitcoin?
People perceive government as an extremely powerful and effective entity, and this is largely true in many aspects. Government is able to bring tremendous force against many entities to either compel them into submission or even destroy them completely.
But in order to accurately understand the situation, you need to look deeper. Governments are very good at bringing compelling or destructive force against centralized entities. Corporations, organizations, specific individuals, and other governments are all entities that have reason to fear governments based on past evidence.
But what are some areas government is not so good at, or even areas they are exceptionally weak in?
Governments seem to have a rather big problem attacking things that do not have a centralized point to target. The illegal drug market is one such example, certain terrorists organizations are another. Perhaps even the Vietnam War is a display of the difficulties a powerful government has with attacking a distributed or non-centralized entity.
Governments also seem to have great difficulty knowing how to responding to disruptive change preemptively or even in a timely manner with the appropriate counter response. Instead governments seem to respond after a threat becomes clear and does so with a response that is inadequate or even does more damage to itself than doing nothing at all. The government response to 9/11 is a good example of this, with the creation of the TSA which costs that same government over $7 billion/yr.
Also, government just seems to operate in a horribly inefficient manner generally. An entity that creates sinkholes of bureaucracy is especially ill equipped to conserve, adjust, and survive when resources are constrained or more generally to execute an effective counter strategy efficiently.
We also know that government gets a great deal of its funding through seigniorage, which would quickly be cut off as a revenue source if the dollar were to lose value. If this were to occur, it would put the government in a situation where it's resources are cut off at the very moment they need additional resources to counter attack the monetary threat.
These are all ominous factors for the governments of the world when this inevitable confrontation with Bitcoin finally occurs, but I think there is another perhaps even greater factor that will tilt the scales to the point we can know the outcome of this conflict before it occurs.
When Ross Ulbricht was arrested in a public library it seemed like a great victory for government and a display of their ability to strike decentralized targets (although this was only possible because of Ross' poor OpSec). But in the wake of this arrest, I think we see some very worrying signs for the fate of government. THREE of the agents (Carl Mark Force IV, Shaun Bridges, and a DEA Agent) that were a part of this investigation were charged with criminal activity relating to their efforts to enrich themselves with some of the seized bitcoins. These agencies are not the local corrupt police force, but rather the FBI, Secret Service, and DEA--why would THREE professional and highly-trained agents switch sides and effectively go from acting on behave their government overloards to rabidly and greedily acting in their own individual interest. I would suggest this is because of Bitcoin. When you have a drug bust, generally speaking, most (maybe) of the cash and drugs makes it way through the evidence chain without individual actors siphoning off too much, but with Bitcoin there is no need to launder the cash or sell the drugs, it is just super easy to conceal with much lower risk for the agents getting caught (though not quite low enough for Carl Mark Force IV, it would seem). In any case, Bitcoin seems to have a mysterious power to pull government actors away by tempting them to act in their own self interest. In short, Bitcoin lures government agents into defecting and switching sides to Bitcoin
So what do we expect will happen?
As Bitcoin grows in size governments will eventually move to attack or kill it. They will take this action too late (it's already too late), their action will be ineffective, and their response will eat up their dwindling resources in a time when their revenue stream is being squeezed by the bitcoin-induced fiat devaluation. Among those government uses to lead and implement its response, many of those actors will defect and switch sides to Bitcoin perhaps like how King Louis the XVII kept sending waves of soldiers to arrest Napoleon who had escaped Elba until Napoleon sent him word "please send no more troops, I have enough".
I see Bitcoin vs Governements of the world as a quintessential David vs Goliath event. But like David vs Goliath, if you had looked past the surface and understood the situation correctly, you would have known Goliath was dead the moment David stepped onto the battlefield.
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A better than fiction conspiracy is unravelling at /r/bitcoin as we speak. Drugs, Money, Corrupt Secret Service/DEA agents. Summary enclosed

It's long been suspected that government seizures may have played a roll in the fall of Mt. Gox
Recently it came out that agents on the silk road case were stealing/laundering bitcoin related to the case and even involved in the threats/hits that factored into the Ulbricht trial
Turns out one of these agents was responsible for the seizure warrant on Mt. Gox back in 2013
And now emails have surfaced of this guy taunting Karpeles for not cooperating
This is just getting started
More at /Bitcoin
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