Cardano ($ADA) creator Charles Hoskinson has, in the face of a sweeping legal action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Binance, offered his interpretation of the situation, where he asserted the lawsuit is part of a larger effort to regulate the digital assets industry, possibly paving the way for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the United States.
Earlier this month, the SEC leveled 13 charges against Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, and its founder, Changpeng Zhao. The SEC’s allegations range from operating illegal exchanges and selling unregistered securities to artificially inflating trading volumes and misappropriating customer funds.
Binance has denied these allegations, expressing disappointment in the SEC’s decision to abandon a negotiated settlement process and resorting to litigation. The company has pledged to defend its platform with determination, criticizing the SEC’s regulatory approach as lacking the nuanced understanding required for such a dynamic and complex technology
Hoskinson has said that the lawsuit is less about specific legal violations, and more about a philosophical and political disagreement over the very nature of cryptocurrencies. He said: “An unelected group of people have decided that concepts like self-sovereign identity, owning your wallet, and the freedom to control your economic agency should be removed from the masses and given to the “enlightened” few.”
Hoskinson has nevertheless maintained a positive outlook, believing that this legal entanglement could serve as a rallying point for the fragmented cryptocurrency industry. Hoskinson hopes that this situation might catalyze unity within the industry, leading to the establishment of sensible regulations that protect the freedoms of individuals
Per his words this could be an opportunity for the industry to “set aside it’s fragmented nature and unite for a common sense set of rules and guidelines that can prevent the United States from slipping into a dystopia that would make 1984 look like a vacation.”
The creator of Cardano has nevertheless stressed that “everything’s alright and the future is bright for the industry.” It’s worth noting that in the SEC’s lawsuits against exchanges, Cardano was one of the digital assets the regulator claimed is a security.
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