I considered the flaw in cryptocurrency enabling the mass tracking/takedown of organized crime/Russian intel a modest side project for more than one reason. As we proceed, *why* will become more apparent.
@MollyMcKew@ifindkarma@goldengateblond On the other hand, if you're receiving #cryptocurrency payments, or babbling about your actions over Signal/WhatsApp while talking/texting the target of a warrant, are actively coordinating with, say, Cambridge Analytica, etc...
Well, you may have some issues.
@MollyMcKew@ifindkarma@goldengateblond Also remember that a #FARA cascade is just ordinary FARA in a small, tightly interconnected ecosystem overrun with FARA violations, when people w/nothing else to proffer realize they can proffer dozens-if-not-hundreds of violators. Often w/hard evidence.
@lauferlaw@ninaandtito@thespybrief@ericgarland@counterchekist 3. If you had already broken their secure communications, say, by expelling "official cover" spies who could act as secure go-betweens w/known credentials & breaking all means of encryption, etc, then it becomes very difficult to warn them about the jaws closing.
@ericgarland Jan 2021: The first 113 top Russian & other foreign-intelligence operatives and leaders have not only confessed for improved treatment, but have effectively been teaching counterintelligence classes on "everything we have & everything we've ever done."
Codename: Vodka Season
@ericgarland Feb 2021: Mass-allocation of all global Mob funds seized in the 2019 mass incarceration known as The Reaping is complete.
Codename: So *That's* Where the Money Went
@ericgarland Mar 2021: Department of Justice and it's recently established Office of Social Media Management announce all existing trolls, bots and unverified/anonymous accounts have been purged from significant platforms, & measures taken to prevent their resurgence.
Codename: We *See* You
There's another motivation that crops up: When you're talking about money on the scale we have flowing through the markets in places like Florida, New York City & London, *everyone* invested in the market ends up w/a stake in property inflation, even if not directly involved.
If you're speculating, or being paid rents in a market that can bear the cost, seeing property values go up 10, 20 or 50% in a short time is very enticing.
And bear in mind, there are a *lot* of threads which amplify their ability to track down not just the laundered money, but criminals & intel assets, records of crimes, etc. threadreaderapp.com/thread/9573220…
For example, #botnets! Thousands, sometimes *millions* of computers linked together, letting you hack, launch DDoS attacks, dox and stalk, reap kompromat and demand blackmail ransoms or distribute bribes!
The trick is: What happens when you overlay all this data from different sources on top of the map created by #cryptocurrency exchanges the underworld thought were invisible & the transactions & holdings unearthed by #FinCEN.