FTX ex-CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is no longer allowed to send messages at all

The judge hearing the case of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has decided that SBF may not use instant messaging applications, or messaging services. The judge has rejected a motion for this, but has not yet given a reason. The risk seems too great that SBF will contact other parties involved in the case. Initially, SBF’s prosecutors and legal team came to a deal that allowed SBF to use such apps. So the judge has put a stop to this.

SBF contacted potential witnesses

The public prosecutor claimed that SBF has recently tried to contact other people involved in the case. According to a February 1 ruling, SBF is only allowed to have contact with such individuals in a judicial environment.

SBF would have been in contact with potential witnesses via the Signal app. SBF reportedly wanted to influence Ryne Miller, head of FTX’s legal department, to strengthen its own position in the lawsuit. The messages SBF sent to Miller have been made public:

“I would really like to get in touch again to see if there is a way for us to build a constructive relationship and use each other as resources or at least discuss things with each other.”

SBF cannot be trusted

Now the judge has decided that SBF is not allowed to use messaging apps at all, even in spite of it the deal between SBF’s lawyers and the prosecutors. This deal would allow SBF to use messaging apps that are not encrypted. The choice of the judge will be discussed in court on February 9.

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In December, SBF was arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including fraud. His case is currently in the preparatory phase and will not start until October this year. Until then, SBF is under house arrest at his parents’ California home. He may only leave the family home under special circumstances, such as an appearance in court.

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