- The Justice Department has filed a complaint in court alleging former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried leaked Caroline Ellison’s diary.
- Bankman-Fried is said to have met with a New York Times reporter to provide the information.
- The government sees this as an attempt by SBF to discredit Mr Ellison, a key witness.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried leaked the contents of Caroline Ellison’s personal diary to a third party. new york times Reporter.
Justice Department alleges Bankman-Fried wanted to ‘discredit’ Ellison
Ellison is a former colleague of Bankman-Fried who led Alameda Research, a sister company of the failed cryptocurrency exchange.
She was also indicted for her role in the corporate implosion incident. But Ellison has agreed to cooperate with her prosecution, and she is being considered a key witness in the Justice Department’s case against the former FTX chief.
Government complaints against SBF article The NYT featured information leaked from Ellison’s personal diary.among them filingthe Department of Justice said the former FTX CEO was behind the leak, saying his actions were “attempted to publicly discredit a government witness”
“Defendant’s purpose for sharing these materials is clear. Ellison has pleaded guilty to the cooperation agreement and will testify at trial that he and the defendant agreed to deceive FTX customers, investors and Alameda lenders.By selectively sharing certain private documents with The New York Times, the defendants are trying to discredit witnesses, cast a bad light on Ellison, and advance a defense through the press outside the confines of courts and rules of evidence: that Ellison was an agitated lover who committed these crimes alone.,” reads part of the Justice Department complaint.
What’s more, the government sees this as an extrajudicial action by the defendant that could compromise not only the jury but also the witnesses lined up to testify against the defendant. This is not the first time the Justice Department has filed a complaint against Bankman-Fried.
“Although unintentional, the effect of defendant’s actions not only harassed Ellison, but also discouraged other potential trial witnesses from testifying.‘” the Department of Justice wrote.
Prosecutors said in January that he tried to influence FTX.US officials, prompting the government to ask the court to issue an order restricting extrajudicial speech that could interfere with juries and witnesses.
Once hailed as a cryptocurrency genius and a Capitol darling, SBF is now under house arrest and could face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted. His trial is scheduled to begin in October.