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 YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, PocketCasts, PodBean, and Overcast.
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.
1/4 – WB21 sent me an email accusing me of defamation and threatening me with legal action if I did not immediately make changes to my WB21 article.
My original article: https://t.co/7DFAT1Xird
WB21 full letter: https://t.co/Mr1KVKOR0V
WB21 amended doc: https://t.co/ejVOUFpnvK pic.twitter.com/h1e9VQaY6E
— Amy Castor (@ahcastor) March 6, 2019
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.
When companies in our space threaten lawsuits for unflattering coverage, they deserve the full "Streisand" effect. Please RT, then read @ahcastor article about WB21's.
This is shady behavior and should not be tolerated https://t.co/FzqSbR2ndL
— Andreas M. Antonopoulos (@aantonop) March 22, 2019
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.
- The CoinSpice Podcast 18
- Host C. Edward Kelso
- Amy Castor website
- Amy Castor Twitter
- QuadrigaCX Timeline
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