DoJ Accuses FTX Founder of Discrediting Gov’t Witness22. Juli 2023
- The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a complaint against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, accusing him of leaking the private papers of his business ally and romantic partner Caroline Ellison.
- The DoJ argues that SBF attempted to publicly discredit government witness Caroline Ellison so that she would be unable to testify in his case.
- The complaint seeks an order from the court prohibiting “extrajudicial statements by parties and witnesses” that are likely to interfere with the right to a fair trial.
The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a complaint on July 20 against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), accusing him of leaking the private papers of Caroline Ellison, who was once his business ally and romantic partner. The DoJ argued SBF had attempted to publicly discredit government witness Caroline Ellison, who was once his business ally and a romantic partner.
In her diary, Ellison described feeling overwhelmed by her job at Alameda Research, alongside other things like the pain from her romantic break up with SBF and her professional insecurities. Though the article didn’t indicate who provided the documents to The New York Times (NYT), it “is apparent” that documents were shared by Bankman-Fried, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams stated in the complaint. He wrote: “When the government learned this week that this article was forthcoming, defense counsel confirmed that the defendant had met with one of the article’s authors in person and had shared documents with him that were not part of the government’s discovery material.”