Skip to main content

Source: Сointеlеgrаph

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has once again drawn the ire of the crypto community, this time with his scheduled keynote at an upcoming conference in New York on November 30th.

Active members of Crypto Twitter are wondering why the former CEO of the now bankrupt exchange continues to be at large given the events of the last month.

In a November 23 tweet, Bankman-Fried announced that he would speak with The New York Times journalist Andrew Sorkin at the DealBook summit “next Wednesday.”

The news was publicly confirmed by Sorkin, who said: “There are many important questions to be asked and answered. Nothing is forbidden.”

After the FTX collapse, some in the community wondered if Bankman-Fried would live up to his conference commitments, including the DealBook summit.

A spokesperson for The New York Times confirmed to that Bankman-Fried was invited to the DealBook summit a few months ago — well before the FTX collapse — and that he would likely be participating in the interview virtually from the Bahamas, stating:

“We invited Mr. Bankman-Fried to be interviewed at the summit a few months ago. We are currently expecting Mr. Bankman-Fried to participate in an interview from the Bahamas.”

According to a November 11 Gawker report, Bankman-Fried was previously listed on the speaker’s page as “CEO of FTX.” However, the speaker’s page now reveals that his title has since been updated to FTX Founder, reflecting his departure from the position following FTX’s bankruptcy filing.

Sam Bankman-Fried is listed at the top of the DealBook summit speakers page. Source: New York Times.

Crypto Twitter responds

Some members of the crypto community did not take the news well, noting that Bankman-Fried should be in custody rather than speak freely at conferences.

U.S. Attorney John Deaton and founder of Crypto Law told his 229,300 Twitter followers that unless U.S. law enforcement arrests and charges Bankman-Fried, who is currently in the Bahamas, with fraud and theft if he enters the U.S. the following week, when the justice system “was compromised”.

British media personality and bitcoin supporter Laia Heilpern told her 328,200 Twitter followers that “it’s disgusting” that Bankman-Freed would be performing on stage and not be held in custody instead.

Ryan Adams, founder of investment firm Mythos Capital and Bankless, took it one step further by comparing the arrest and three-month detention of Alexei Pertsev, the main developer of Tornado Cash under U.S. sanctions, to the incomprehensible behavior of Bankman-Fried, which has yet to be investigated.

Meanwhile, Real Bedford FC chairman and bitcoin proponent Peter McCormack joked that Bankman-Fried would get a “Nobel at those stakes.”

Related: Will SBF be penalized for mismanaging FTX? Do not count on it

The New York Times recently came under fire from the crypto community for writing a “layered SBF article” that seemed to only deal with Bankman-Freed’s alleged scams and crimes, but instead focused on whether he gets enough sleep.

Regarding Bankman-Fride’s current whereabouts, Crypto Crib posted among its 66,900 Twitter followers late on Nov. 23 photos of what Bankman-Fride appears to be eating with his mother and several other people in his Bahamas penthouse.

On November 23, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Merrick’s aide Kenneth Polite, and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice to open a full-scale investigation into the role of Bankman-Fried and other FTX executives in the collapse of FTX.

Update 2:30 UTC Nov 24: Added statement from The New York Times spokesperson.


Source: Сointеlеgrаph

Leave a Reply