Ross Ulbricht Joined Twitter!

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, serving life in prison without parole, has “joined” Twitter. While denied direct internet access from behind bars, he is able to communicate with Twitter with the aid of hand-written notes posted to a Twitter account in his name. It is hoped the account will keep his case in the spotlight as he fights for his freedom.

Ross Ulbricht Finds His Voice

For approaching five years, Ross Ulbricht has awoken each morning inside a federal penitentiary. Barring a miracle, that pattern will repeat every day for the rest of his life. Despite all conventional avenues of appeal having been exhausted, hopes remain that the Silk Road mastermind may eventually taste freedom. Until such a time, the 34-year-old now has a means of conveying his thoughts to the public, many of whom have been campaigning for his release.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Hi, this is Ross! I’m hoping to find my voice here after all these years of silence. It has been a strange journey, but I’m so grateful for all those who’ve shown love and support and held me up through the hard times. You give me strength. <a href=”https://t.co/x4m6J3lgha”>https://t.co/x4m6J3lgha</a></p>&mdash; Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RealRossU/status/1019953970771419136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 19, 2018</a></blockquote>
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@RealRossU is the handle of the Twitter account that launched today to convey the thoughts of Ross Ulbricht. “I’m hoping to find my voice here after all these years of silence. It has been a strange journey, but I’m so grateful for all those who’ve shown love and support and held me up through the hard times. You give me strength,” he writes in a note that has been transcribed and shared on his behalf. A photo of the original letter, hosted on freeross.org, attests to its authenticity.

“This is My First Time on Twitter”

This is his handwritten note-one of them he has written connecting himself to Twitter

Ross Ulbricht is serving his sentence in USP Florence High, a maximum security penitentiary in Colorado, which has 776 inmates. Policy governing the electronic communications granted to prisoners differs on a state by state and case by case basis. However, individuals whose cases have become a cause célèbre have been granted this right in the past, albeit under tight restrictions. Chelsea Manning was able to join Twitter in 2015 while imprisoned and dictate communications over the phone to a third party who published them on her behalf.

His charge of hiring hitman was even taken out which is one of the main defenses of why he deserves to be in jail:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Just found out the govt moved to drop the case against me in Maryland. What a huge weight off my shoulders that will be.</p>&mdash; Ross Ulbricht (@RealRossU) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RealRossU/status/1021575330522439681?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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While some may argue that Ross was not completely innocent-most of us can agree, that lifetime was not a fair judgement to him!

Sign the petition if you agree it was unfair:

https://www.change.org/p/freerosspetition-we-seek-potus-s-clemency-for-ross-ulbricht-serving-double-life-for-a-website-realdonaldtrump-free-ross?recruiter=889853871&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial

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