Silk-Road founder Ross Ulbricht starts Twitter campaign from Federal Prison
Ulbricht, convicted of money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics is serving two concurrent life sentences and is using the popular social media platform as a voice and to ask for support.
Since prisoners at United States Penitentiary, Florence High, where Ulbricht is housed, are not allowed internet access, the messages are actually coming from letters he has sent to friends and family.
His first letter, which serves as a verification of identity, can be seen here:
All of these letters will be available on FreeRoss.org, the official site of the Ulbricht family.
His first tweet expresses gratitude towards those who’ve already been helping him through “hard times”:
Hi, this is Ross! I’m hoping to find my voice here after all these years of silence. It has been a strange journey, but I’m so grateful for all those who’ve shown love and support and held me up through the hard times. You give me strength. https://t.co/x4m6J3lgha
— Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU) July 19, 2018
After only a few hours of the accounts first message, he had already gained thousands of followers and another message was posted:
I got 9 pages of comments from the petition in the mail tonight, and I’ve been told about all the retweets and interest in what I’m trying to do here. I am deeply moved by your response and feel the beginning of that connection I was hoping for.
— Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU) July 20, 2018
The Twitter account’s description reads:
“A minute of your life could save the rest of mine. Please sign the petition for my clemency.”
While Ulbricht himself was not personally dealing drugs, both legal and illegal items were sold by individuals using Bitcoin as a means for payment on the e-commerce platform he designed and ran.