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Journalist and author Jake Adelstein: ‘Bitcoin quickly turned into a currency for criminals’

It is a story of one of the biggest robberies of all time: The search for a mystery genius who may not even exist, and the tale of a mastermind incarcerated by the ruthless reputation of the Japanese judicial system. The latest book by the Tokyo-based American journalist Jake Adelstein delves into the murky background of Bitcoin and shows how it quickly, as he describes it to us, became a currency for criminals and malcontents – a way to buy drugs on the internet anonymously.

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Erratum: "J'ai vendu mon âme en bitcoins" published in March 2019 in French by the Marchialy Editions is not the translation of "Pay the Devil in Bitcoin: The Creation of a Cryptocurrency", released in 2017.

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