17-year-old Virginian Pleads Guilty to Tweeting About Bitcoin and ISIS

The Bitcoin badmouthing continues as reports are coming in that Ali Shukri Amin of Manassas, Virginia1 is pleading guilty to "conspiring to provide material support to terrorists" by helping fellow Virginian Reza Niknejad2 to fundraise for his jihadi mission in Syria3 using the one and only cryptocurrency. Leveraging some 4,000 Twitter followers and a personal blog, the honors student and "promising young man"4 from Osbourn Park High School is apparently a "public safety" concern and now faces upwards of 15 years in prison. Despite being only 17-years-old, Mr. Amin is being tried as an adult in the United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Amin's lawyer, one Joseph Flood of Sheldon, Flood & Haywood P.L.C., now finds himself in the unenviable position of being just as much of a failure as Ross Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel.

  1. Not to be confused with the smaller Manassutten, Virgina, home of the ever-so-bear-wary garbage police.  

  2. Who is still "at large." 

  3. To fight with ISIS against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

  4. According to none other than Andrew McCabe, assistant director of the FBI's Washington field office.  

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