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The charging of two federal agents has led to a heap of documents from the Silk Road drug trafficking case being unsealed, including the above chats about the massive January theft — an attack that was actually perpetrated by a Secret Service agent, Shaun Bridges. The 121-page document stash (PDF), unsealed yesterday, provides new insight into the details of how Bridges and DEA agent Carl Force ripped off the website.

The documents also reveal how the conflict played out between government prosecutors and defense lawyers for 31-year-old Ross Ulbricht, whom the government fingered as being Dread Pirate Roberts and arrested in October 2013. Ulbricht was tried and convicted on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. He will be sentenced next month.

Ulbricht's lawyer Joshua Dratel argued that the facts of the investigation should have been made public before Ulbricht's trial and that by preventing him from talking about the corrupt agents, Ulbricht didn't get a fair trial. The government ultimately prevailed on that point, arguing to US District Judge Katherine Forrest that the corrupted Baltimore investigation was kept wholly separate from the New York-based investigation that actually went to trial.

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Source: Ars Technica

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