Inside One Man's Attempt to Crowdfund Assassination
'Kuwabatake Sanjuro' thinks bitcoin site can wipe out all governments
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2013 5:40 AM CST
Ben Bernanke, seen on TV in this file photo, has the highest bounty on the site.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)

(Newser) – Ben Bernanke has an almost $75,000 price on his head, placed there by anonymous malcontents online. He's the biggest—but far from the only—target on Assassination Market, a "dark web" site that lets users nominate targets and contribute money to the cause using theoretically untraceable bitcoins. Kill a target and prove it—by naming the time of death beforehand via encoded message—and you can claim the reward. The site is the work of a self-proclaimed "crypto-anarchist" who goes by the alias Kuwabatake Sanjuro, and he gave an email interview to Andy Greenberg at Forbes.

Sanjuro's goal is to "destroy all governments, everywhere," by making public office too dangerous to hold. He says he was pushed into action by the Edward Snowden leaks. "After about a week of muttering ‘they must all die’ under my breath every time I opened a newspaper or turned on the television, I decided something had to be done," he says. He sees the market as a way to bring the democratizing effect of capitalism to politics. "One bitcoin paid is one vote closer to a veto of whatever legislation you dislike." (In the site's FAQ, Sanjuro notes that targets can only be added for "good reason," meaning that no, you cannot put out a hit on "Justin Bieber for making annoying music.") Asked whether they were investigating Sanjuro and his site, the Secret Service and FBI declined to comment. The site can only be viewed on the encrypted Tor network, the Daily Dot pointed out last month. (In lighter news, click to read about a university where you can pay your tuition in bitcoins.)

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TwoSheds
Nov 25, 2013 1:46 AM CST
Is "Kuwabatake Sanjuro" an alias for Sarah Palin?
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 24, 2013 6:19 PM CST
FBI has proven they can seize bitcoins used in these kind of schemes. They have done it. The only way an assassination would happen today is the exact same way Lee Harvey did it. Local rubes providing unknowing assistance and support. It is very, very, very, and say completely probable that Lee Harvey planned and executed the JFK assassination all by himself with NO outside connections.
tonytonedeaf
Nov 24, 2013 1:38 PM CST
When and if it happens everything will be traced back. Bit coins can be tracked. There has to be a transaction between 2 or more people. That transaction will then be traced back. Encryption only works if the message can be decypted. transactions only work when the two parties are able to communicate.