Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has once again drawn the ire of the cryptocurrency community, this time for his scheduled appearance at an upcoming New York City conference on Nov. 30.
Vocal members of Crypto Twitter have questioned why the former CEO of the now bankrupt exchange continues to walk free given the events of the past month.
In a Nov. 23 Twitters to sendBankman-Fried said he will speak with New York Times reporter Andrew Sorkin at the DealBook Summit “next Wednesday.”
The news was publicly confirmed by Sorkin, who said: “There are many important questions to be asked and answered. Nothing is off limits.
The answer is yes.
There are many important questions to ask and answer.
Nothing is off limits.
Can’t wait… https://t.co/lShAqXLKGS
—Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) November 23, 2022
In the wake of FTX’s collapse, some in the community had questioned whether Bankman-Fried would honor his conference commitments, including one at the DealBook Summit.
A New York Times spokesperson confirmed to Cointelegraph that Bankman-Fried was invited to the DealBook Summit several months ago, well before the FTX crash, and was likely to attend the interview virtually from the Bahamas, stating:
“We invited Mr. Bankman-Fried to be interviewed at the summit several months ago. At this time, we expect Mr. Bankman-Fried to attend the interview from the Bahamas.”
According to a Gawker report dated Nov. 11, Bankman-Fried was previously listed on the speaker page as “CEO, FTX.” However, the speaker’s page now shows that his title has been updated to “Founder, FTX,” reflecting his resignation from the role following FTX’s bankruptcy filing.
Crypto Twitter responds
Some members of the crypto community didn’t take the news well, noting that Bankman-Fried should be in custody instead of speaking freely at conferences.
US Attorney John Deaton and founder of Crypto Law remarked to his 229,300 Twitter followers that if US law enforcement does not arrest and charge Bankman-Fried – who is currently in the Bahamas – with crimes of fraud and theft if enters the US next week, then the justice system “has been compromised”.
Let me make this clear if SBF doesn’t get arrested and charged with fraud, wire fraud, theft, and possibly money laundering sooner and instead gets to spew its bullshit narrative, our justice system has been compromised. @ewarren you claim to be for the little guy, where are you https://t.co/cdmOa7U0an
— John E Deaton (@JohnEDeaton1) November 23, 2022
British media personality and Bitcoin advocate Layah Heilpern told her 328,200 Twitter followers that it “is disgusting” that Bankman-Fried is speaking on stage and instead not being held in custody.
The fact that he’ll be speaking on stage at a goddamn conference rather than being investigated in custody for fraud and theft is unbelievable.
He’s an agent of the establishment. He’s disgusting. https://t.co/x3gCZvLQXI
— Layah Heilpern (@LayahHeilpern) November 23, 2022
Ryan Adams, founder of investment firm Mythos Capital and Bankless, took it a step further by comparing the arrest and three-month detention of Alexey Pertsev – the lead developer behind the now US-sanctioned Tornado Cash – with the unfathomable conduct by Bankman-Fried, which is yet to be investigated.
Meanwhile Alexey Pertsev is still in jail without charge for writing open source privacy code… pic.twitter.com/CWRfAknFx8
— RYAN SΞAN ADAMS – rsa.eth (@RyanSAdams) November 23, 2022
Meanwhile, Real Bedford FC chairman and Bitcoin advocate Peter McCormack joked that Bankman-Fried would receive “a Nobel Prize at this rate.”
SBF will receive a Nobel Prize at this rate
— Peter McCormack☠️ (@PeterMcCormack) November 24, 2022
Related: Will SBF face consequences for FTX mismanagement? Don’t count on it
The New York Times was recently criticized by the crypto community for writing a “bloated piece on SBF,” which seemed to skim only on Bankman-Fried’s alleged fraud and crimes, and instead focused on whether he was getting enough sleep.
As for Bankman-Fried’s current whereabouts, Crypto Crib posted photos to its 66,900 Twitter followers late Nov. 19. 23 of what appears to be Bankman-Fried eating a meal with mother and several others in his penthouse in the Bahamas.
On Nov. On Feb. 23, US Attorney General Merrick Garland, Merrick’s assistant Kenneth Polite, and US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse asked the US Department of Justice to launch a full-scale investigation into Bankman’s role- Fried and other FTX executives in the collapse of FTX.
Update 2:30 UTC Nov. 24: Added a statement from a New York Times spokesperson.