Ross Ulbricht has been placed in protective custody for not participating in an assault. The founder of Silk Road has shared on Twitter that 'things took a dark turn for me a month ago'.
Ulbricht describes that he refused to participate in an assault, 'which immediately turned me into a target. I'm not sure what will happen to me, but I know I made the right choice. It's never ok to initiate violence'.
Ulbricht is forbidden from going online, but dictates his tweets to his family.
Things took a dark turn for me a month ago.— Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU) October 11, 2018
I’m in “the hole” in protective custody. I refused to participate in an assault which immediately turned me into a target. I’m not sure what will happen to me, but I know I made the right choice. It’s never ok to initiate violence.
The founder of Silk Road, a so-called dark web marketplace using Bitcoin as payment method that was shut down in 2013, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years without the possibility of parole. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal by Ulbricht.
The mother of Ross recently started a petition to help bring him home. 'My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience', the mother writes.
Almost 91.000 people signed the petition so far.