Before he departed, Wilson cleared out personal cryptocurrency accounts and one related to his business, Defense Distributed, which sells a boutique milling machine for finishing unregistered AR-15 lower receivers.
The charges against Wilson stem from an alleged encounter with an unnamed victim on Aug. 15. A sworn affidavit by a police detective with the Austin, Texas, police department’s Human Trafficking/Vice Unit maintains that Wilson and the victim, who is under the age of 17, met at a coffee shop after exchanging nude photos on the website SugarDaddyMeet. The affidavit said Wilson then drove the victim to an Austin hotel in a car licensed to Defense Distributed. Wilson and the victim had sex and he paid her $500 in $100 bills before dropping her off at a nearby Whataburger, according to the affidavit.
As reported by Wired, Wilson “was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police, and police were investigating him for having sex with a minor.”
Bitcoin accounts identified as belonging to Wilson and his company by Hatewatch staff show that on Aug. 16, 2018, in a little over an hour, Cody Wilson emptied more than 60 Bitcoin accounts with five transactions totaling $986,525. These transactions can be viewed through the cryptocurrency’s public ledger.
All funds were transferred to a new 1FBxL account with a value of around $1 million.
On Aug. 31, 2018, Wilson emptied this new account, valued at $986,525.37, and moved these funds to a new account, 1Q6B2, where it still sits.
No IP addresses or countries of origin are visible for those transactions through the public ledger.
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A commander of the Austin Police Department said Wilson’s last known location was Taipei, Taiwan, a country with no extradition treaty with the United States.
In 2014 Wilson created a short-lived project called “Dark Wallet” with British cryptocurrency pioneer Amir Taaki. Dark Wallet was intended as a secretive alternative to traditional cryptocurrency platforms, which typically allow transmissions of funds to be traced. Dark Wallet would hide account activity through a process known as “mixing,” which involves breaking up Bitcoin transactions in between the sending and receiving addresses to make the transactions harder to trace through the blockchain.
Wilson publicly demonstrated his knowledge of cryptography and digital currencies. In an interview with the BBC’s “HARDtalk” he discussed his holdings in private key cold storage wallets.
In an email exchange with Hatewatch staff in February 2018, Wilson was evasive when asked about periodic transfers over the course of three years of Defense Distributed’s Bitcoin into cold storage wallets.
Wilson responded: “Re: the BTC, I suppose your numbers are incomplete and I don’t recognize your characterization of my habits. What’s public is public, but I don’t ‘move’ Bitcoin and also rarely spend any. I’d certainly never deny having it though.”
Two of Wilson’s projects are listed in the Intelligence Project’s 2017 report on domestic Hate and Extremism. The now-defunct Hatreon, listed on the Hate Map, was explicitly intended to serve as a fundraising platform for the racist “alt-right” in the face of efforts by tech companies to begin policing hate content.
When questioned in media interviews about his decision to provide material support for the alt-right after the disastrous aftermath of its Aug. 12, 2017, rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Wilson dismissed the danger of promoting the alt-right.
No I’m not worried about [helping fund the alt-right]. When I’m talking about incitement or imminent lawsuits, I’m talking about, like, when you’re outside of someone’s home and there’s a mob and you say, ‘There he is, get him!’ That’s not protected speech. But these personalities that use Hatreon right now, these people who have been kicked off these services, these people are at worst trolls, performance artists, provacateurs, vulgarians. And at best, they represent through their hyperbole or through their extreme thinking or presentations, elements of a political speech that should not be censored. That’s entirely possible, and you don’t have to join my shitty little site with its dumb name. But you know no matter what that if you do won’t be kicked off of it.
Hatreon ultimately floundered after credit card companies blocked the use of their services on the site. The most recent update to Hatreon, on Feb. 9, 2018, reads, “Pledging is currently disabled while we upgrade our systems.”
In an appearance on the white nationalist podcast Red Ice Radio’s “Radio 3Fourteen,” Wilson supported maintaining public memorials to the Confederacy.
“And so when I see, like, the elimination of a symbol, right, the elimination — I’m not just sympathizing with Southern white racists —…