- As conservative extremists have been pushed off of major networks, they have increasingly turned to bitcoin as a way to receive money. This trend intensified around the fatal 2017 “Unite the Right” rally that terrorized Charlottesville, VA. Some bitcoin payments may reveal the sources of funding for the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
- “The FBI is investigating whether foreign governments, organizations or individuals provided financial support to extremists who helped plan and execute the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol,” one current and one former FBI official told NBC News.
- The bureau is examining payments of $500,000 in bitcoin, apparently by a French national, to key figures and groups in the alt-right before the riot, the sources said. Those payments were documented and posted on the web this week by a company that analyzes cryptocurrency transfers. Payments of bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, can be traced because they are documented on a public ledger,” NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian reported Saturday.
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