back to article Doubts cast over FBI 'leaky CAPTCHA' Silk Road rapture

Rather than a conspiracy involving NSA wiretaps, the FBI claims the downfall of Silk Road begun with a leaky CAPTCHA. Responding to a request for information from former kingpin Ross Ulbricht's defence lawyers, the Feds says the CAPTCHA left a trail from the TOR-protected Silk Road servers to the public Internet. That revealed …

  1. Pen-y-gors

    And the lesson is...

    If you're planning to host something dodgy, hack into the FBI servers and host it there. That'll confuse 'em!

  2. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    Yes, but do you believe them?

    I mean, it's not as if the alphabet agencies haven't made up cover stories before...

    The NSA is giving your phone records to the DEA. And the DEA is covering it up.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      Re: Yes, but do you believe them?

      Yeah, still waiting for proof of: the Taliban's unwillingness to hand over Bin Laden just after a discussion on pipelining flopped, Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction, Iran's nuclear ambitions, Assad's use of gas in the presence of UN inspectors and a Russian invasion. Can anyone help?

    2. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: Yes, but do you believe them?

      And also the cops use the Harris "stingray" fake cell towers and lie about it.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Do whatever is necessary, but make sure you have a neat and tidy explanation for the court. The advantage is with the prosecution, as the court always gives them the benefit, and the court will almost always be more focused on the main body of the case, not minor distractions such as breaking laws to gather evidence. It's a mug's game.

    Oh and take the Plea Deal for 10 years, or we'll lock you up for 400 years. So it won't even get to court for such detailed review.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well the NSA were found to be supplying the FBI with information enabling them to bust people. The FBI would then concoct a backstory to enable probable cause, which is obviously illegal.

    Sounds like they're all up to their old tricks.

  5. JaitcH

    More fairy stories from the official US Liars

    Remember a secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that funnels information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans?

    And the documents that showed that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defence lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges?

    The documents showed that federal agents are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don't know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence - information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

    Sounds just like the modus operandi used by the FBI is this case.

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