US President Donald Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted 70 more before leaving office, including former Ripple board member Ken Courson.
US President Donald Trump has pardoned or commuted punishment for 143 individuals, including former Ripple board member Ken Courson. This was reported on the official website of the White House.
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The US prosecutor’s office accused Courson of cyberstalking (online harassment). According to investigators, he pursued his ex-wife after a divorce in 2015. In a letter to prosecutors, Curson’s ex-wife wrote that she never wanted an investigation or arrest against Curson, and “repeatedly asked the FBI to drop it [дело]”.
“I hired a lawyer to protect me from further interrogations. My disgust for this arrest and subsequent articles is immeasurable … ”, – wrote the ex-wife of Courson.
As reported on the official website of the White House, the investigation into Curson began solely due to the appointment to a position in the Trump administration.
For outgoing US President Donald Trump, Ken Courson is not an unknown figure. He wrote Trump speeches in the 2008 elections, and was also a longtime partner of Rudolph Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer. In addition, Courson served on the board of directors of Ripple, which is now accused of violating the US securities law.
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However, Courson’s closeness to the Trump family is not limited to the 2008 election. Courson also served as editor-in-chief of the New York Observer when the publication was owned by Jared Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump.
Earlier, there were rumors in the media about pardoning Ross Ulbricht (founder of the Silk Road darknet market), Julian Assange (founder of WikiLeaks) and Edward Snowden (NSA whistleblower on total surveillance), but none of them was pardoned.
- Ross Ulbricht has been serving a life sentence since May 29, 2015 on charges of drug trafficking, hacker attacks and conspiracy to launder money. According to the FBI, Ulbricht, having created Silk Road, ordered and paid for up to six murders of site users.
- Julian Assange is known as one of the key whistleblowers of top-secret spy scandals. On 7 December 2010, he was arrested in the UK after he volunteered for a police station. Since then, the US authorities have been actively seeking his extradition.
- Edward Snowden became famous after the release of information about large-scale surveillance of the NSA around the world using the PRISM program. Since August 1, 2013 he has been in the status of a refugee in the Russian Federation.
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