Large bitcoin payment made to far-right individuals before US Capitol attack – report

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Jan 14 (Reuters) - Payments in bitcoin worth more than $500,000 were made to 22 different virtual wallets, most of them belonging to far-right activists and internet personalities, before the storming of the U.S. Capitol, cryptocurrency compliance startup Chainalysis said on Friday.

The payments, made by a French donor, of 28.15 bitcoins were made on Dec. 8, the New York-based startup, specializing in countering money laundering and fraud in the digital currency space, said in a blog post. (

Chainalysis said it now has evidence that many alt-right groups and personalities received large bitcoin donations as part of the single transaction.

“We have also gathered evidence that strongly suggests the donor was a now-deceased computer programmer based in France,” Chainalysis said in the report.

Nick Fuentes, who was permanently suspended from YouTube last year for hate speech, received 13.5 bitcoins, worth about $250,000 at the time of the transfer, making him by far the biggest beneficiary of the donation, according to the blog post.

Fuentes could not be reached for a request for comment. (Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)


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  • JV SL says:

    “The payments, made by a French donor,”………No relation to pro-DemockRats “patriotic” corporates, now all of a sudden supporters of Comrade President Joe Xiden, I guess……

    • Johann Olivier says:

      The troll reappears. Russian? … The rich irony: calling president-elect ‘comrade’… Your argot is that of a prepubescent teen…which you probably are. You should return to your video games. And, yes, to report as rote that someone who has done something controversial is ‘now-deceased’ without any accompanying information is pretty indifferent reportage..

  • Brendan Murray says:

    “We have also gathered evidence that strongly suggests the donor was a now-deceased computer programmer based in France,” Chainalysis said in the report.’- deceased how? Deceased when?! Pre or post payment. More reporting demanded surely?

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