Bitcoin Privacy Activist Samourai Developer Arrested: What We Know
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Bitcoin Privacy Activist Samourai Developer Arrested: What We Know

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Summary:

  • Samourai Wallet developer William Lonergan Hill was arrested and appeared in court on July 10, 2024.

  • Hill was extradited from Portugal and arraigned on July 9, 2024.

  • The US Department of Justice (DoJ) seized 27 electronic devices from Hill in Portugal.

  • Hill will be released on bail and allowed to live in Lisbon, Portugal, but will have to return to New York for court appearances.

  • Hill will be required to wear an ankle bracelet monitored by the FBI.

  • The next hearing is scheduled for September 10, 2024, where the DoJ will present further discovery.

Samourai Wallet Developer Arrested: What We Know

William Lonergan Hill, a developer for the privacy-focused Bitcoin wallet Samourai Wallet, has been arrested and appeared in court on July 10, 2024. This follows the earlier arrest of his former partner at Samourai, Keonne Rodriguez, in May.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is leading the case against Hill and Rodriguez, and the prosecution revealed key details during the hearing:

  • Hill was arraigned on July 9, 2024 after being extradited from Portugal.
  • The DoJ seized 27 electronic devices from Hill in Portugal. The FBI is currently extracting and reviewing information from these devices.
  • The DoJ has already produced discovery to Rodriguez and will do so for Hill once the FBI completes their analysis.
  • Hill will be released on bail, allowing him to live in Lisbon, Portugal, but he will have to return to New York for court appearances.
  • Hill will be required to wear an ankle bracelet while on bail, monitored by the FBI.

The next hearing is scheduled for September 10, 2024, where the DoJ will present further discovery.

Key Terms:

  • Samourai Wallet: A Bitcoin wallet known for its privacy-enhancing features.
  • William Lonergan Hill: Developer of the Samourai Wallet.
  • Keonne Rodriguez: Former partner of Hill at Samourai, also a co-defendant in the case.
  • US Department of Justice (DoJ): The agency leading the investigation and prosecution of Hill and Rodriguez.
  • Discovery: Evidence and information exchanged between the prosecution and the defense during a legal case.
  • Bail: A financial guarantee that ensures a defendant's appearance in court.

The case raises concerns about the implications of privacy-focused Bitcoin wallets and the ongoing legal battle against individuals who champion Bitcoin privacy.

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