The case against online drug market Silk Road was already crazy enough, seeing as it involved murder-for-hire and people paying bitcoins for heroin. But now the case has taken another crazy twist.
This week, two federal agents based in Baltimore who helped break the case against Silk Road were themselves arrested and charged with fraud. They’re accused of confiscating nearly a million dollar’s worth of bitcoins during the course of the investigation, and then transferring them to a private account instead of turning them over to the government.
That’s bad enough–but the two men may have also been secretly feeding information to the very guy they were supposed to be investigating while also using a pseudonym to blackmail him. So basically: They were investigating, secretly informing, and blackmailing the guy all at the same time. That’s… pretty bad.