Revenge of Meatspace

Over at War is Boring, I wrote about the arrest of Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht.

On Wednesday, the FBI announced a fascinating arrest: they had nabbed Dread Pirate Roberts, or DPR, the founder of Silk Road, a black-market Website famous for selling narcotics over the Web.

In the indictment, the Bureau listed activities worthy of a Martin Scorsese film: smuggling, billions of dollars of money laundering and even a murder-for-hire. But the person the FBI identified as the ringleader of this internet criminal ring was not who anyone expected: a mild-mannered, seemingly humble geek living in San Francisco.

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Joshua Foust is a writer and analyst who studies foreign policy.