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The FBI Finally Says How It 'Legally' Pinpointed Silk Road's Server

Was the FBI tipped off to the server's location by the NSA, who used a secret and possibly illegal Tor-cracking technique?

The answer, according to a new filing by the case's prosecution, is far more mundane: The FBI claims to have found the server's location without the NSA's help, simply by fiddling with the Silk Road's login page until it leaked its true location.

In a rebuttal filed Friday to a New York court Friday and accompanied by a letter from the FBI, the prosecution in Ulbricht's case laid out an argument dismissing a series of privacy concerns Ulbricht's lawyers had expressed in a motion submitted to a New York court last month. That earlier motion had accused the government of illegal searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment, including a warrantless search of the Silk Road server, and argued that those privacy violations could render inadmissible virtually all of the prosecution's evidence. The defense motion also demanded that the government explain how it tracked down the Silk Road's server, and reveal whether the NSA had participated in that hunt.

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Comment by Chip Saunders
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But of course, how can the government's version be believed? The physical server has been in their possession now for a year, and if this glitch wasn't there before, it is now, after it has been fiddled with. The NSA themselves may well have created this story and instructed its use to protect themselves. These are known professional liars.

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