On Saturday (14 January 2022), John Reed Stark, an expert on digital regulatory compliance with 15 years of experience as an SEC enforcement attorney, explained why he believes that over the past few days the Bitcoin price has been rising.

Source: TradingView

The President of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC, which “manages cybersecurity projects and incident response investigations on behalf of both the government and the private sector” seems to believe that the only reason that the $BTC price has been surging in the past few days is due to market manipulation:

On LinkedIn, he wrote:

A recent Forbes analysis of 157 crypto exchanges found that 51% of daily bitcoin trading volume being reported was likely bogus (and that was just the tip of the iceberg). https://lnkd.in/gKu77V_Q

Matched trades, washed trades, sock puppets and other grift artificially inflate bitcoin, which is not only a vague, vacuous, feigned, counterfeit, spurious and nonsensical “digital asset,” but also contains no balance sheet, no cash flow, no revenue, no net income, no losses or any other indicia of monetary value.

Meanwhile, the bitcoin marketplace operates amid a mammoth and perilous regulatory vacuum of epic proportions with no oversight, no consumer protections, no auditing, no inspections, no examinations, no net capital requirements, no insurance, no licensure — zero, zilch, no US government supervision or surveillance of any kind. https://lnkd.in/gyW8mdAf

It is axiomatic that bitcoin will always remain mathematical computational blather, which offers no product, no service or any other financial benefit of any kind. It’s not just that the emperor has no clothes, bitcoin traders are betting on the fashion preferences of a poltergeist. It’s all one big hustle.

A week ago, this is what he wrote about beleaguered crypto bank Silvergate:

Silvergate is in a tiny club of tiny banks who provide deposit, fund transfer, security and other services to a crypto-ecosystem that not only operates within a mammoth regulatory vacuum but also resides squarely amid widespread grift, chicanery and fraud. To me, Sivergate is akin to The Continental in John Wick and its collapse seems likely.

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