Virginia teenager pleads guilty to helping donate Bitcoin to ISIS
Ali Shukri Amin, 17, has plead guilty to helping provide support to Daesh, ISIS, or the Islamic State, the terrorist group that declared a self-declared caliphate in captured territory in Iraq and Syria. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
With his now suspended Twitter account @AmreekiWitness he posted thousands of tweets to support Daesh, including how to use Bitcoin to send funds to jihadists, and helping Reza Niknejad, 18, also from Virginia, to travel to Syria to join Daesh.
The Bitcoin article he wrote, “Bitcoin wa’ Sadaqat al-Jihad” (Bitcoin and the Charity of Jihad), described how to set up an anonymous donation system to funnel money to the Islamic militants, and that one could use darknet markets like Silk Road, to buy weapons. However there’s doubt that while Daesh is sophisticated, they have never actually used Bitcoin, and it seems to be a pipe dream of their foreign sympathizers.