TL;DR: One of the biggest cryptocurrency stories of the year is being tracked and documented by a no-coiner, Amy Castor. Not only that, but she’s also a troublemaker who just won’t shut up — not even when thugs threaten her with legal action. Castor has become mandatory reading on the QuadrigaCX exchange meltdown: mysterious and sudden death, cold wallet disappearances, tens of millions of dollars lost, and shadowy figures … are just the beginning. And, more recently, Castor herself has been dragged into the story. This episode is available embedded in the article below, and on YouTubeiTunesSpotifyGoogle PodcastsStitcherRadio PublicBreakerPocketCastsPodBean, and Overcast.

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Why Won’t Amy Castor Just Shut Up About QuadrigaCX!

“I am an independent journalist and freelance writer based in Cambridge, MA. I have been writing about high tech in one form or another for about two decades,” Amy Castor writes on her blog. Indeed, readers support her work through donations and even a Patreon account.

This allows her to get published in large measure because she can retain her independence, allowing her to perhaps go and dig where others might not. And that’s where I found her, actually. She was writing about QuadrigaCX, the Canadian crypto exchange that went belly up after a series of rather odd occurrences — happenings CoinSpice has covered since late January of this year.

Castor dived all the way in, however, and scoured primary legal documents and lurked all over social media. She wound up discovering some uncomfortable facts: a third party payments processor the exchange chose to deal with had an awful reputation long before QuadrigaCX began associating. That did it.

She was threatened with legal action by the payments processor if she didn’t pull her writing down altogether on the subject or at least redact certain names. Castor refused, of course, and took it a step further: she published the company’s legal demand right along with the offending article. You can see why she’s a perfect guest for the CoinSpice Podcast.

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