Vitalik Buterin Stands Up For Virgil Griffith

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Virgil Griffith, a senior employee at the Ethereum Foundation, was arrested for giving a presentation in North Korea that apparently included a slide on how to avoid sanctions. Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s co-founder, said he refuses “to take the convenient path of throwing Virgil under the bus, because I firmly believe that that would be wrong.” Buterin said “Geopolitical open-mindedness is a virtue . Griffith maintained this was his personal trip and had nothing to do with the Ethereum Foundation. There was no weird hackery ‘advanced tutoring’… Virgil made no personal gain from the trip. There are suggestions they mine bitcoin, but very little is known about this completely isolated country or its people.

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Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s co-founder, said he refuses “to take the convenient path of throwing Virgil under the bus, because I firmly believe that that would be wrong.”

Buterin said “Geopolitical open-mindedness is a virtue . It’s admirable to go to a group of people that one has been trained since childhood to believe is a Maximum Evil Enemy, and hear out what they have to say…

And in fact, this virtue of his has paid off in multiple other contexts; improved relations with Ethereum Classic, Hyperledger, and others…

I don’t think what Virgil did gave DRPK any kind of real help in doing anything bad. He delivered a presentation based on publicly available info about open-source software. There was no weird hackery ‘advanced tutoring’… Virgil made no personal gain from the trip.

So I hope USA shows strength rather than weakness...

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