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Sam Bankman-Fried still speaking at events and the community is furious

Sam Bankman-Fried still speaking at events and the community is furious

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has once again attracted the ire of the crypto community — this time over his slated appearance at an upcoming New York City conference on November 30. 

Vocal members of Crypto Twitter have questioned why the former CEO of the now-bankrupt exchange continues to walk free given the events over the last month.

In a Nov. 23 Twitter post, Bankman-Fried announced he will be speaking with New York Times journalist Andrew Sorkin at the DealBook Summit “next Wednesday.”

The news was confirmed publicly by Sorkin, who said: “There are a lot of important questions to be asked and answered. Nothing is off limits.”

In the wake of the FTX collapse, some in the community had wondered whether Bankman-Fried would honor his conference engagements, including his one at the DealBook Summit.

A Gawker report dated Nov. 11 suggests that Bankman-Fried had been slated to speak at the conference well before Bankman-Fried’s latest announcement, with a screenshot of Bankman-Fried on the speaker’s page where he is listed as “C.E.O, FTX.” 

The speaker page now shows his title has since been updated to “Founder, FTX.”

Sam Bankman-Fried listed at the top of the speakers page of the DealBook Summit. Source: New York Times

Cointelegraph reached out to the organizers to find out whether Bankman-Fried’s invitation to speak at the DealBook Summit came before or after FTX’s collapse, but did not get an immediate response. 

Crypto Twitter responds

Some members of the crypto community have not taken the news well, with remarks that Bankman-Fried should be in custody instead of speaking freely at conferences.

U.S. Attorney John Deaton and founder of Crypto Law remarked to his 229,300 Twitter followers that if U.S. law enforcement doesn’t arrest and charge Bankman-Fried — who’s currently situated in the Bahamas — for fraud and theft offenses when he arrives in the U.S. next week, then the justice system “has been compromised.”

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