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Former Lead Of Anti-Surveillance Crypto Monero Denies Being US Government Informant

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South African Roberto “Fluffypony” Spagni, the former lead maintainer of privacy-focused cryptcurrency Monero, denies being a government informant after a viral tweet alleged that Spagni was arrested by the South African Interpol and was awaiting extradition to the U.S. The tweet, which included a screenshot of an alleged arrest warrant, triggered speculation on social media and news media that Spagni was cooperating with law enforcement, Cryptopolitan reported.Monero ranks No. 25 on CoinMarketCap as of this writing with a market capitalization of $2.795 billion.The crypto uses privacy-enhancing technology that claims to obscure transactions to achieve anonymity so that observers cannot decipher addresses trading Monero, transaction amounts, address balances, or transaction histories.In a tweet on March 20, crypto influencer James Edwards shared reports from 2021. Based on the reports and emails, Edwards inferred Spagni could be an Interpol informant. The International Criminal Police Organization or Interpol is an international organization that works for worldwide police cooperation. 1/ Not sure how this space missed this but @fluffypony (Riccardo Spagni), the founder & lead maintainer of @monero $XMR outed himself as an informant for Interpol after he was detained by U.S. Marshals pending extradition. Evidence strongly suggests he helped them track Monero. pic.twitter.com/ev1EycEdDI— James...