French Citizen Transfers Over $500,000 In Bitcoins To American Far-Right Groups Before Committing Suicide

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A French citizen transferred over $500,000 in Bitcoin, before committing suicide, to various far-right groups that were seen at the Capitol riot.

On Dec. 8, a computer programmer from France named Laurent Bachelier sent $250,000 in Bitcoin to Nick Fuentes, a far-right political commentator and Holocaust denier, according to the Wall Street Journal. The other $270,000 was split among various right-wing groups, according to a Chainalysis report.

Fuentes was also seen on a live stream days before the riot suggesting to his audience that due to lack of leverage, all they can do to state legislators is “kill them.”

Fuentes was then seen at the Capitol along with many other right-wing extremist figures, such as Baked Alaska and the Proud Boys, according to the New York Times. It is not clear if Bitcoin from the French computer programmer was directly used for the Jan. 6 riot.

The price of Bitcoin has nearly doubled since the Dec. 8 donation, making the $520,000 contribution double to approximately $1,040,000, according to the Coindesk tracker.

“There is no suggestion that the donations were a crime, but as part of their counterintelligence mission federal agencies have sought to better understand whether foreign governments or individuals have played a role in fanning U.S. extremism.” the Wall Street Journal reports.

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