Something is rotten in the state of El Salvador. The first nation to declare BTC as legal tender received no other than the infamous Brock Pierce. An “Official Delegation of Bitcoin Ambassadors” reportedly met with President Bukele and other government officials. However, is there such thing as an “official delegation” of a decentralized protocol? No, there isn’t. And the whole Bitcoin community is up in arms about the situation.
This is the tweet that sparked the controversy:
Very honored to lead this official delegation of Bitcoin ambassadors to El Salvador to educate the government about how Bitcoin, Blockchain and technology can create a brighter future for everyone in their nation.@MilenaMayorga @nayibbukele #Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/weIFGyTbPy
— Brock Pierce (@brockpierce) June 16, 2021
To complete the idea, Pierce said: “This delegation is the first to visit El Salvador in an official capacity since the start of Covid lockdowns. Glad to be making history together!” The character has been involved in blockchain technology since 2013. The two most well-known projects he’s been a part of are the stablecoin Tether, and the EOS.io protocol. A class-action lawsuit about that last one still hangs in the air. Coindesk informs:
Lead plaintiff Crypto Assets Opportunity Fund is accusing Block.one, CEO Brendan Blumer, CTO Dan Larimer, former CSO Brock Pierce and former partner Ian Grigg of deceiving investors over the token sale and are seeking damages.
The company had already, “reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and agreed to pay $24 million in damages for running an unregistered securities sale in exchange for waiving legal restrictions.” However, “the investors who lost money, they have a private cause of action against Block.one.”
That’s not even close to being the most egregious accusation about Mr. Pierce, but we’re not going to go there. This is a cryptocurrencies site and we’re going to keep it on-brand. Do your own research.
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Back To Brock Pierce’s So-Called “Official Delegation”
To be fair, Brock Pierce was elected Director of the Bitcoin Foundation in 2014. One year later, the organization dissolved. For that credit, he claims, “factually I was elected by a majority of the organizations building the industry in 2012-2014.” And if the word “offical” next to Bitcoin makes your skin crawl, just look at how he’s stealthily taking credit for the whole operation:
The visit to El Salvador by the delegation has made world wide news.
We’re making history. pic.twitter.com/VpkAA0ac3E
— Brock Pierce (@brockpierce) June 17, 2021
The host of the “What Bitcoin Did” podcast, Peter McCormack, met with President Bukele on June 15th. He told Coindesk. “As soon as the government made an announcement, suddenly all the charlatans that we have our industry surrounded with started saying: we’re going to come, we’re going to help, we’ll invest money. I spoke to the president about this. I said to the president specifically, this is what’s going to happen. You need to be very careful of these people.”
— CoinDesk (@CoinDesk) June 17, 2021
The white blood cells of the Bitcoin community are all over this new development. They’re criticizing the frankly ridiculous choice of words in “Official Delegation of Bitcoin Ambassadors.” Bringing up Pierce’s past indiscretions. Calling Brock Pierce a scammer. Calling him an Altcoins agent. They’re scared that this “official” visit will muddy the waters. Scared that these meetings will mess up a good thing.
Here’s a selection of tweets that don’t contain obscenities:
Stop misrepresenting yourself as some kind of official representative. You're not.
— Stephan Livera (@stephanlivera) June 18, 2021
Stay far away from this snake oil salesman @nayibbukele
— Bosch (@_Bosch_) June 17, 2021
What's the EOS guy doing in a Bitcoin delegation?
— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyKnoxHill) June 16, 2021
There's nothing "official" about any of this.
Cuidanse salvadoreños. Con bitcoin viene muchas oportunidades, pero como todo, donde hay oro hay ladrones. Nadie es una persona "official" de bitcoin. todos son bienvenidos y nadie pueden controlarlo.
— pleb plĕb plebeian (@OyeYknow) June 17, 2021
Pierce was elected Director of the Bitcoin Foundation in May 2014. Several members of the Bitcoin Foundation resigned over concerns about the directors. The organization announced its insolvency in July 2015. Hmm 🧐 pic.twitter.com/dzFjk6ioN6
— max (@k55870596) June 17, 2021
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