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Bitz Who Now? Department of Justice Takes Down Russian Exchange Bitzlato

After much buildup this morning, the DoJ’s Bitzlato announcement was underwhelming to some.

January 18, 2023
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On today’s episode, NLW catches up on the latest on crypto crime and fall out, including:

  • Disgraced 3AC founders’ attempt to build a new exchange with bankrupt CoinFLEX called GTX.
  • Sam Bankman-Fried’s latest blog post arguing about how FTX.US assets should be considered by the bankruptcy committee.
  • The DoJ’s much anticipated announcement about an “international enforcement action” that turned out to be an exchange most people had ever heard of.

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