SBF wishes to Read Crypto news and watch Netflix; Asks Permission

As requested in a court letter, SBF should be allowed some online privileges. US Attorney Damian Williams submitted a letter asking Permission that the ex-CEO of not bankrupt crypto exchange FTX shall be allowed to do online legal research, read news, shop, and watch Netflix. 

While waiting for his trials at the federal court, the former white knight, Sam Bankman-Fried, has requested the court through his attorney that he be allowed some online privileged. While the plea for messaging application allowing him to contact former colleagues was rejected by Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan last month. 

After speaking with SBF’s legal team, attorney Williams submitted a request to adjust the bail conditions, levied in a $250,000 bond. One request was to visit a predetermined website on a configured laptop, probably on humanitarian grounds. 

The letter submitted to the court says that the requested websites be divided into two categories. One category would include the ones required by SBF for preparing his defense in court. At the same time, other groups would include other websites that the government has already defined as not risky for the community. 

This allowable list does not include any private communication platform, and none facilitates cryptocurrency transactions. For personal use, the requested names include Amazon, news websites; Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Crypto websites; Coindesk and Decrypt. Streaming websites; Spotify and Netflix, Sports sites, and, and food delivery sites like DoorDash and Uber Eats. 

The list includes Etherscan, CoinGecko, Wikipedia, and YouTube for legal research. Along with all the government, websites should also be allowed. 

He shall be given a previously configured laptop to which a VPN would have the list of allowed websites SBF might have access. It would also be able to access the FTX’s read-only database hosted by a cloud server for research purposes. He would also be able to use Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Docs, which will be used for information sharing between SBF and the legal team. 

In the letter, the US Attorney had also asked the PermissionPermission, that Sam be allowed to use Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Zoom, Docusign, and 1password, a password manager application. The given laptop is expected to be windows based, as it is to include Notepad and Notepad++. 

As per the orders by the FBI, SBF is not supposed to object to the tracking of online communication. Court-authorized pen registers will be installed on his phone number, internet service, and Gmail account. 

The other computers available at his parents’ house are his parent’s MacBooks and their iMac desktop. All these will be inventoried, password protected, and subject to inspection. The device’s camera would capture timely images and video of the person using it.  

The letter from the attorney also hits upon previous requests for lifting the limitations of the person Sam could contact, allowing encrypted calls and messaging applications, and being allowed to play games that allow chats or voice communication. 

Nancy J. Allen
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