An American technologist is facing U.S. charges for allegedly violating economic sanctions against North Korea.
Virgil Griffith, who lives in Singapore, is accused of traveling to North Korea to deliver a presentation and provide technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions. He was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 27.
“Despite receiving warnings not to go, Griffith allegedly traveled to one of the United States’ foremost adversaries, North Korea, where he taught his audience how to use blockchain technology to evade sanctions,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.
Some, though, are coming to Griffith’s support, including starting a petition to free him.
Griffith is represented by an L.A. lawyer, Brian Klein.