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The Lawyer Suing Elon Musk Over DOGECOIN, is DODGING Simple Questions...

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You would think someone with a valid legal case against someone else would happily answer any questions related to it - there's no possibility that simply answering them honestly would end up hurting the case... right?

To be clear - the people behind this lawsuit are aggressively seeking media attention.  

Us, along with multiple other outlets have received regular updates on the case in the form of press releases from NY based lawyer Evan Spencer.  Both these press release and the lawsuit itself seem to follow a format of initially sounding serious, citing dates and price movements, like it revolves around relatively simple math. 

Then things slowly drift, and you find yourself reading 'unhinged' rants, seemingly as the author becomes and more consumed by negative emotions with each mention of the name 'Elon Musk'.

For example, the lawsuit begins with:

"Musk, together with SpaceX, Tesla, Inc., the Boring Company, the Dogecoin Foundation, and the "Doge Army," became de facto partners in a multi-billion-dollar racketeering enterprise which intentionally manipulated the market to drive the price of Dogecoin from $0.002 to $0.73 in two years, an increase of 36,000%. Subsequently, in May of 2022, Musk recklessly caused the price to drop 92% from $.073 to $0.05, an aggregate of nearly $86 billion, when his actions spawned the crypto-crash of 2021/2022."

I'll point out why much of this is misleading; for now, I'm simply showing how the lawsuit sounds like it could be legit...initially. 

But once you're a few pages into the lawsuit, you find yourself reading rants that no longer involve Elon Musk...or Dogecoin.

Like they thought, "Our case is sounding a bit weak... I think we need to turn up the heat - ALL CRYPTO may be EVIL!".

Just like that, you're reading rants about a website that closed 9 years ago when the owners were arrested for selling drugs and other 'black market' goods using Bitcoin as the platform's currency.  If you guessed what I'm talking about, you're probably correct - somehow, Silk Road is mentioned in this lawsuit happening nearly a decade later. 

 "The Silk Road fallout, supra, a now-defunct billion-dollar empire dedicated to the sale of illicit drugs using Bitcoin, further illustrates that crypto’s intended use as currency, in addition to its exploitation as an investment, merits further regulatory scrutiny."

Predictably, no effort was made to see if the 'further scrutiny' already exists - it does.  To anyone in crypto, this tactic used to attack crypto is considered outdated and debunked for years - it takes a combination of someone misinformed and desperate to even attempt it.

The truth is so easy to find, I can only assume they never even looked...

In reality, about 2.1% of transactions in crypto are connected to something illegal. This is confirmed by  the analytics firm that works with the FBI, translating blockchain data into actionable intelligence to catch these criminals, Chainalysis.

According to the UN, as much as 5% of ALL global currency is being used to facilitate something illegal, meaning Fiat currency, specifically paper cash, remains the preferred format of currency in the criminal underworld. 

Ironically, they demonstrate an accurate understanding of the public ledger/blockchain behind every cryptocurrency, and how it gives anyone access to a lifelong record of every transaction that was made using that cryptocurrency.  But then seem unable to guess why many criminals actually avoid crypto.

When answering questions is considered a risk...

Under what circumstances would the party making the accusations against another want to avoid answering questions?  If you're the victim, completely innocent, and can clearly explain who victimized you and how they did it - then there is no question that could possibly lead to any other conclusion.

Refusing is a red flag (just my personal opinion, of course, it isn't a definitive sign that something shady is going on), but I cannot think of any time in my life when I was confident enough to accuse someone of something negative, but scared someone could ask a question that would result in my claims sounding invalid. 

Here are the questions we asked the lawyer suing Elon Musk, and his excuse for not answering them...

It's worth noting that before the lawyer read them, he said he would have a response for me the following day.  When the following day came, he said they could not answer questions.  Specifically telling me:

"I am not at liberty to answer any of your direct questions at this time.  After the case is fully pleaded and briefed with the district court, I would be happy to let you interview me and some of my clients. 

However, until that time, I cannot compromise the rights and interests of my clients to appease the demands of the media."

Also worth noting, there were only 2 questions.  The team came up with something like 10 legitimate things to ask, but in the end we all agreed that the validity of the case would be determined by these 2 factors.

Question #1:

Elon Musk first mentioned Dogecoin in a 2019 tweet. Anyone who bought it then is STILL up 2900% on their investment. Elon Musk has mentioned it occasionally ever since.

So let's go with the idea that your client truly admired Elon Musk, which is why Elon mentioning something was so persuasive.   But if that was the case, the timeline is very off. 

Your client could have lagged a full 20 months after Musk first mentioned Dogecoin, and if he bought some then, his profits would be over 500% still today.

But your client waited 2 years or more to act on Musk's endorsement. 

Can you explain how Elon Musk's endorsement was both irresistible to your client, and at the same time, something they didn't get around to doing for nearly 2 years? 

Question #2:

Has Elon Musk sold ANY Dogecoin? He said he hasn't. 

There's been no mention of a mysterious wallet dumping massive amounts of Dogecoin, suspected to belong to Elon.

Not only does he claim to have never sold, he says he's bought more as the price declined. 

Your lawsuit frames him as a scammer running a pyramid scheme, but if he's telling the truth, this would be the first time in history the mastermind behind the multi-million dollar scam forgot the most important part - to profit. 

What is your evidence that Musk did indeed profit? Otherwise, his investment lost an even higher percentage as your client - this has never been said about the person at the top of a pyramid scheme before.

Why it really is this simple...

Because it appears that Elon's endorsement of Dogecoin was NOT so influential that those suing him felt compelled to buy some when they found out he was a fan.  More like they saw/heard Elon was a fan of Dogecoin, reacted by doing literally nothing for an extended period of time, then nearly 2 years after Musk first spoke of it, bought some Dogecoin. 

Now the only remaining claim revolves around the idea that Elon manipulated the price of Dogecoin for personal gain - but as far as anyone knows, he hasn't gained a penny. 

If Elon is telling the truth, that he sold none, and even bought more as the price declined - the entire lawsuit becomes impossible to make sense of, none of Musk's actions fit their claims.

The lawyer representing those suing Musk did however agree to speak with us 'After the case is fully pleaded and briefed with the district court' - we may have all our answers by then, if not, we will take them up on the offer. 

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Author: Ross Davis
Silicon Valley Newsroom
GCP | Breaking Crypto News

Michael Saylor Still Pushing Bitcoin after Stepping Down as CEO of MicroStrategy - Tells Elon Musk to "BUY MORE"...


Michael Saylor, a well-known Bitcoin advocate who had earlier announced his resignation as MicroStrategy CEO, responded to Elon Musk's ironic tweet about wanting to buy the Manchester United football team coin.

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Saylor responded to Musk saying he'd 'prefer' if he bought more Bitcoin.

A better response would be something including reasons to buy Bitcoin, besides pleasing Michael Saylor... but okay.

Musk said in February 2021 that Tesla had purchased BTC for $1.5 billion and had begun taking it as payment for its electric vehicles. However, the payment method was removed in April due to contentious concerns about Bitcoin miners and the effects they were having on the environment.   

In spite of this, Tesla kept all of that Bitcoin until recently. In the second quarter of 2022, the corporation sold off 75% of its Bitcoin, leaving only $218 million in the cryptocurrency's balance. The corporation purchased Bitcoin for $31,620 and sold it for almost $29,000 per unit.

Musk says he hasn't sold any of his privately owned crypto...

Musk did clarify, though, that he was not selling his personal cryptocurrency holdings, only those that belonged to Tesla, the company. 

Musk has mentioned owning Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the coin he says he continues to buy more of, Dogecoin.

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Author: Oliver Redding
Seattle Newsdesk  / Breaking Crypto News

Tesla Shares Why They Believe in Bitcoin in Latest Quarterly Report Filed with The SEC...

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Tesla, the US electric car manufacturer, released more details about why it invests in bitcoin (BTC). This is no small investment either, as Tesla currently holds 42,902 BTC making them the 2nd largest Bitcoin holder of all companies globally, with MicroStrategy the largest. However, it's worth noting that MicroStrategy is a company that exists to invest in digital assets.

These new disclosures on Tesla's belief in crypto come in their latest quarterly report filed with the SEC, where they state:

"In the first quarter of 2021, we invested an aggregate $1.50 billion in bitcoin. We believe in the long-term potential of digital assets both as an investment and also as a liquid alternative to cash. As with any investment and consistent with how we manage fiat-based cash and cash-equivalent accounts, we may increase or decrease our holdings of digital assets at any time based on the needs of the business and our view of market and environmental conditions.

Digital assets are considered indefinite-lived intangible assets under applicable accounting rules. Accordingly, any decrease in their fair values below our carrying values for such assets at any time subsequent to their acquisition will require us to recognize impairment charges, whereas we may make no upward revisions for any market price increases until a sale. For any digital assets held now or in the future, these charges may negatively impact our profitability in the periods in which such impairments occur even if the overall market values of these assets increase. For example, in the first quarter of 2021, we recorded approximately $27 million of impairment losses resulting from changes to the carrying value of our bitcoin and gains of $128 million on certain sales of bitcoin by us."

Their crypto investments come up once again in the document, where companies are required to disclose any risks to the business.  It's important to understand this section is where a company gives the absolute worst case scenario to investors. Here, Tesla included everything from being unable to make more batteries because of material shortages, to hackers being able to 'gain control of' their vehicles and the public panic it would cause. 

So, with that tone in mind, they explained the risks they take by holding crypto, saying:

"In January 2021, we updated our investment policy to provide us with more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns on our cash that is not required to maintain adequate operating liquidity, allowing us to invest a portion of such cash in certain alternative reserve assets including digital assets, gold bullion, gold exchange-traded funds and other assets as specified in the future. Thereafter, we invested certain of such cash in bitcoin. We believe in the long-term potential of digital assets both as an investment and also as a liquid alternative to cash. As with any investment and consistent with how we manage fiat-based cash and cash equivalent accounts, we may increase or decrease our holdings of digital assets at any time based on the needs of the business and on our view of market and environmental conditions. 

The prices of digital assets have been in the past and may continue to be highly volatile, including as a result of various associated risks and uncertainties. For example, the prevalence of such assets is a relatively recent trend, and their long-term adoption by investors, consumers and businesses is unpredictable. Moreover, their lack of a physical form, their reliance on technology for their creation, existence and transactional validation and their decentralization may subject their integrity to the threat of malicious attacks and technological obsolescence. Finally, the extent to which securities laws or other regulations apply or may apply in the future to such assets is unclear and may change in the future. If we hold digital assets and their values decrease relative to our purchase prices, our financial condition may be harmed."

In other words, fairly common fears like potential security threats, which have hit companies far more experienced in holding large amounts of crypto.  Another risk highlighted is the the possibility of future government regulation, which could hurt the whole ecosystem if poorly implemented or too broad.

So far, even with the latest dips, Tesla is well into the profit zone. They acquired their Bitcoin in January 2021, when prices were as low as $29,000 and peaked at $34,000.

At the time of publishing, Bitcoin is trading at $38,350, meaning their profits are a minimum of $186,623,700.

So, where things currently stand, Tesla has no regrets.

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Author: Mark Pippen
London News Desk 
Breaking Crypto News


Saturday Night Live: Elon Musk Explains Dogecoin...

This weekend's SNL featured guest host Elon Musk, and dogecoin fans had high expectations.  A tweet from Musk simply saying "The Dogefather" had some assuming this would be an entire skit, with a mafia godfather theme, but revolving around Dogecoin.

While that didn't happen, in the monologue with his mom he said she was getting DOGE as a mothers day gift.  Then the segment above during the newscast spoof  'Weekend Update'.

Video courtesy of NBC

Twitter Hack Results: Over 300 Idiots Gave Over $115,000 Worth of Bitcoin To Obvious Scam...

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It's the kind of story that hurts to read, apologies in advance. 

The scam is even older than this, but the first time I wrote about it was in 2018 when Elon Musk addressed the issue on Twitter.

At the time, the wallet used by scammers showed just over $14,000 had been sent to an Elon Musk imposer. 

How? Well, there's clearly something deeply wrong with a surprising number of people.
Jeff Bezos hacked
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

This Time, It Wasn't Fake Accounts...

Which is why this time was 10x as profitable. Hackers used the real, verified accounts off Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, Barack Obama, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Mike Bloomberg and more to share the scam.

Other than that difference - the exact same "Send me $1000 i'll send you $2000" concept has been used non-stop for years.

Obama hacked
Even The Former President was targeted...

Blinded By Greed...

This is my only guess on how this happens.  That the idea of a big payday with minimal effort is basically a dream come true for a lot of people.

First off - this whole thing is something they've never heard of happening before - so you would think the first time would be met with some skepticism.  When has a rich person ever just given away massive amounts of money to random people?

Sure, many give money away to charity - but there's a big difference between charity and throwing cash at random people online.

Secondly - the part where they ask for money, so that they can then give you money... this didn't seem strange!?

Let's imagine some rich person was doing a giveaway like this, for real.

It makes a whole lot more sense to just say "Reply with your wallet address, and i'll send you the money!".

Why would someone giving away money, also be asking for it... from the same person they're about to give some to?!

The Worst Part...

The worst part is, while we should be able to laugh at the expensive lesson these people clearly needed to learn, things like this are unfortunately a PR nightmare for Bitcoin.

Sure, you may hear of legitimate usage of cryptocurrency almost daily - the average person still does not. While the volume of illegitimate transactions is a small percentage of total usage, the stories behind everyday crypto usage are rarely interesting enough for the media to cover.

What has the media covered lately?

If I put myself in the shoes of an outsider for a minute: viruses that lock computers until a ransom is paid, North Korea using it to finance weapons, and now a high profile Twitter hack and scam - these would be the 3 most recent times I heard the word 'bitcoin'.

Thankfully, The Media's Focus Isn't Crypto This Time...

It's Twitter's massive security failure, but many stories still include the typical inaccurate babble about crypto being untraceable, which is untrue.

So far, Twitter's only statement has been:

"We are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter. We are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly."

The tweets have been removed, however they do still show up on various apps that pull data from Twitter but do not update immediately when a post is removed.

Fake tweet is still displayed as legitimate on Google. 

For example, at the time of publishing if you google Elon Musk, the first page of Google search results shows the scam as his most recent tweet, with nothing indicating it is fake. 
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Author: Ross Davis
E-Mail: Ross@GlobalCryptoPress.com Twitter:@RossFM

San Francisco News Desk




Elon Musk calls cryptocurrency 'brilliant' while predicting the end of paper money...

The Tesla and SpaceX founder shared his thoughts on cryptocurrency on the ARK Invest podcast, stating:

"Paper money is going away and cryptocurrency is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper" but as far as his companies getting involved "I don’t think it would be a good use of Tesla’s resources"

However, some of the companies in his portfolio likely will - as many have remarked that cryptocurrency will be how artificial intelligence powered devices will spend and receive money.

His past experiences with the crypto world haven't been great, as Ethereum scammers have stolen his identity on Twitter countless times.  Posing as Musk they tweet that he's doing an ETH giveaway, just send 1 and get 10 back... I think you know how this ends. (That story here)

There's no denying the advantages of cryptocurrency over fiat, as Musk made clear today.

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Author: Mark Pippen
London News Desk


Elon Musk comments on Ethereum scammers on Twitter - Vitalik responds...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is among a long list of people targeted by Ethereum scammers on Twitter.

The scam works like this - Elon Musk makes a real tweet, then immediately following it, a profile designed to look exactly like his will respond with something like "By the way, i'm doing a giveway for our fans..."  this usually then involves some gimmick like "Send 0.5 ETH, and get 3 back!".

The bots are aggressive, and manage to usually be the first reply to a targets tweets, causing Musk to comment:

"I want to know who is running the Etherium scambots! Mad skillz …"

Which then got Ethereum's creator Vitalik Buterin to respond, sadly saying:

“I do wish @elonmusk's first tweet about ethereum was about the tech rather than the twitter scambots........”

The scammers do seem to have dozens if not hundreds of impostor accounts pushing their scams.  Even Global Crypto Press has been hit by them - so far we've reported two accounts impersonating our organization (The only real one is @GlobalCryptoDev) - to Twitter's credit both were removed within 24 hours.

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Author: Mark Pippen
London News Desk


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