Ethereum Co-Founder Defends Crypto Expert After LAX Arrest

Law360 (December 2, 2019, 4:24 PM EST) -- The co-founder of the blockchain platform Ethereum took to Twitter on Sunday to defend a colleague arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport days earlier for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against North Korea.

Virgil Griffith was charged on Thanksgiving with one count of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act for allegedly delivering a presentation in North Korea about cryptocurrency technology that could help the country evade sanctions and anti-money laundering protections. Griffith works for the Ethereum Foundation, which develops the Ethereum blockchain technology.

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin said in a series of tweets Sunday that he would not “take...

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