Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, was spotted hiding in Moscow as one of six participants in the creation and operation of Zcash (ZEC), a privacy-enhancing cryptocurrency.
In an exclusive interview with Zcash Media, the famous whistleblower confirmed his revelations.
Edward Snowden: The Revelation
Former US defense contractor, Zooko Wilcox was among the six participants. Also, Peter Todd, the Bitcoin core developer, and Peter Van Valkenburgh from Coin Center, each received a portion of the private key required to create Zcash.
Snowden’s identity was kept secret and was only known as John Dobbertin.
After leaking 9,000 classified and unsolicited documents about US spying on its citizens, Snowden was granted asylum in Russia. He is a vocal supporter for privacy-protecting technology.
Wilcox, who is the CEO of Electric Coin Company began working with Snowden in fall 2016. As a tribute to Hans Dobbertin (the late German cryptographer who was best known for finding weaknesses in cryptographic algorithms) and as the head of Electric Coin Company, Wilcox gave the whistleblower the pseudonym.
Privacy is a matter of concern
In the interview, Snowden revealed his participation.
“I did it because I saw it being done by trusted academic cryptographers. It was an interesting project, because we see cryptographic properties being used to verify that the ledger is fair. But not to ensure it’s private.
This is a problem because you can’t have trade without private trade, and you can’t have freedom society without trade.
Snowden stated that Bitcoin is a “sucker” when it comes financial privacy at the Orchid’s Priv8 Virtual Privacy summit last month. He stated that privacy is vital to protect individuals from the dangers associated with having certain information in the wrong hands.
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