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Ripple further corners SEC: Did SEC employees trade XRP?

Kenneth Hernandez 0
The lawsuit against Ripple (XRP), filed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is still pending. Ripple is now trying to corner the regulator by finding out if SEC employees were allowed to own XRP. The SEC has stated several times that XRP is clearly a security. And if that were the case, it would of course be a bit crazy if SEC employees were allowed to own and trade the crypto. has enough information. This week, however, the SEC declined to release this data for the privacy of its employees.

Fire back

Ripple is now firing back with a response to this rejection and appears to be driving the SEC further into a corner. Ripple does not need to view privacy-sensitive information at all, only anonymized data is sufficient: “The SEC's claim that the motion infringes on the privacy of SEC employees ignores that Ripple is not seeking specific information related to SEC employees, but completely anonymized information of limited scope.” crypto has enough information. The mere fact that the SEC's employees possessed XRP is enough for Ripple to prove that the SEC is double standards, according to the filing:

Own employees

“The SEC's permitting XRP purchases and sales by its own employees directly undermines the SEC's claims that Ripple had acted recklessly since 2013…because it was so clear that XRP was a security that it should have known about it. ” The SEC allegedly banned its employees from trading XRP in March 2019. But Ripple is now trying to prove that the employees have done this even after this ban. But since the SEC states that XRP is clearly a security, the trading of XRP before this date by SEC employees is also noteworthy. So apparently it wasn't that obvious when even SEC employees traded XRP!

US justice suspects stablecoin Tether of bank fraud: the foundation of the crypto market in jeopardy?

Kenneth Hernandez 0
The US Department of Justice launches a fraud investigation into the popular stablecoin Tether. The organization behind the coin is said to have misled banks about crypto transactions. A conviction would be a serious blow to the crypto market.

Why is this important?

Tether is a stablecoin whose price is linked to the dollar exchange rate. The coin is used to facilitate trading of various digital assets on crypto exchanges. This year, more than 75 percent of all Bitcoins were traded with Tether. The US Justice Department's investigation focuses on crimes allegedly committed by the organization behind Tether years ago, during the cryptocurrency's earliest days. The federal prosecutor wants to find out whether Tether gave incorrect information to banks that they did business with at the time. Tether would never have correctly explained to those banks how transactions are linked to cryptocurrencies, three people involved in the case told Bloomberg news agency. (HOT) Holo is well known in crypto.

The basics of the crypto market in our sights

“Tether maintains an open dialogue with U.S. law enforcement agencies, such as the Department of Justice, to best cooperate and provide transparency,” said a Tether press release. The company is officially registered in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. The fraud investigation into Tether is one of the US government's most crackdown on cryptocurrencies. It is therefore a logical target. Tether is a particularly popular and stable currency, due to its direct link to the dollar exchange rate. The “stablecoin” is immune to severe price fluctuations and is therefore the ideal crypto asset to buy other digital coins. So if you are targeting Tether, you are aiming your arrows at the entire crypto market. There are $62 billion worth of Tethers in circulation on that market. They were used for more than 75 percent of all Bitcoin purchases this year. Federal prosecutors have been watching Tether with suspicion since 2018. In recent months, Tether employees have received several letters warning that they were the subject of a federal investigation, one of the insiders said. Tezos is well known in crypto.

Critical application for crypto exchanges

Tether was released in 2014 as a solution to a complex crypto market problem: banks wouldn't open their accounts with crypto exchanges because it was feared that doing so would fund drug traffickers, terrorists and hackers. Through Tether, crypto exchanges were able to give investors a way to get their assets into a crypto wallet without being exposed to Bitcoin's volatile price. Tether also allowed the exchanges to instantly transfer assets to each other. The news had no impact on the crypto market at the time of writing. Bitcoin's price has risen 12.73 percent in the past 24 hours to a price of $38,400. Second-largest cryptocurrency Ethereum rose 10.74 percent in the same time to a price of $2,300.