Ross Ulbricht's arrest last week included an FBI seizure of about 26,000 Bitcoins. But you can't just stick Bitcoins under your mattress. Even if you're the FBI they have to be in a wallet somewhere. And people know where. Internet denizens found the wallet and have been contributing tiny sums, we're talking 0.00000001 BTC here, so they can leave public notes expressing a range of . . . feelings.
As ZDNet puts it, there are now "three pages of snark, anger, defiance, trolling and political spankings" happening on the public notes section of the FBI's wallet. And the comments really do cover a whole spectrum of feels.
One says: "Why do we put people who are on drugs in jail? They're sick, they're not criminals. Sick people don't get healed in prison. You see? It makes no sense."
Another adds: "Marijuana: a drug that kills … no one – and let's put it in a time frame – ever. Illegal."
Multiple commenter repeat: "You cannot arrest an idea."
And then there's this: "Who are you talking to right now? No, you clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!"
And this: "The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins."
And so on. Commenters are also angry because the 26,000 Bitcoins seized are actually from Silk Road users and aren't even really Ulbricht's. Let it all out internet. Let all that snark out. [ZDNet]