Did Opportunists in the US cede China crypto-currency like they did biowarfare technology?
We’ve written extensively on how the US ceded China biowarfare technology, knowledge, and even money to create a fully operational biowarfare weapon in China. The US gave so much that China could release a biological weapon of their own like what was done in 2019 in Wuhan.
Today we ask, did the US do the same with cryptocurrency like it did biowarfare technology?
Pundit Seekingalpha.com believes the former Head of the SEC may have done this:
While at the helm of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), former Chairman Jay Clayton (pictured below) made a mess of the digital economy. Clayton’s actions in office resulted in stalling U.S. cryptocurrency and blockchain innovations, dampening a burgeoning industry, and enabling China to race out in front. Digital money is here to stay, and instead of making efforts to provide clarity and structure for the future of American-made innovation in this space, Clayton’s SEC kept everyone guessing on the rules while picking clear winners and losers among the biggest coins.
But what if Clayton’s approach was intentional? What if the lawsuits, the flip-flopping, and the uncertainty all weren’t from a lack of knowledge or resources but rather a well-thought-out strategy to advance his financial interests? Thankfully for us, Clayton and his deputies left behind a factual trail that can provide an opportunity for a course correction on U.S. crypto policy, as well as accountability if wrongdoing was indeed afoot.
On December 22, Clayton dropped an 11th-hour lawsuit against crypto innovator Ripple Labs. The announcement of this lawsuit came just 12 hours before Clayton resigned from the SEC. As with other administrations, Clayton may have hoped to file the suit and walk away, never to hear of it again. But his decision to sue Ripple labs sent shockwaves throughout the crypto community, and after a closer look, it appears Clayton left us clues that point to a larger story reeking of self-dealing, possibly even corruption.
Even before he was confirmed in the post in 2017, Clayton had been tagged “the most financially conflicted SEC chairman in history.” Accusation doesn’t equal guilt, but the facts made the label stick. In 2014, Clayton, then partner at the Wall Street firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and William Hinman, then partner at Simpson Thacher, helped Chinese tech giant Alibaba explode onto the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). This helped a company with proven links to the Chinese Communist Party better position itself with the world’s leading digital payments application: Alipay. For years, the U.S. crypto industry has been trying to disrupt that digital payments space – chief among them has been Ripple. The XRP distributed ledger, which Ripple uses for its digital payments solutions, had only just debuted a year before Clayton and Hinman [Clayton’s right hand man at the SEC] helped engineer Alibaba’s market debut.
Today’s challenge with cryptocurrencies is whether they are investments or currencies. If a crypto coin is labeled a currency there are different regulations that need to be complied with than if labeled an investment. The industry is lacking regulations and definitions for what is a currency and what is an investment. Pundit Seekingalpha.com continues:
In 2018, Clayton made his own declaration in a CNBC interview that Bitcoin is not a security, and like Hinman’s comments on Ethereum, this action sent Bitcoin’s price skyrocketing. Both of these coins, anointed as free of regulatory risk by Clayton and Hinman, are proof-of-work cryptocurrencies. This label means they are “mined”, while XRP is designed to skip the costly and energy-consuming mining process and generate faster transactions. Was it a coincidence that after both officials declared Bitcoin and Ethereum to not be securities and increased market interest in them, Simpson Thacher took a Chinese company public that manufactures crypto mining equipment?
It is well documented that a hedge fund named One River Digital Asset Management made a billion dollar bet on Bitcoin and Ethereum after Clayton’s SEC declared they are not securities. Soon after, Clayton filed the SEC lawsuit against Ripple that crashed the value of the leading non-mined token, XRP, alleging that it has been an unregistered security for 7 years. Weeks later, One River hired Jay Clayton to a senior position at the hedge fund. Hinman is now back at Simpson Thacher. Now, China has rolled out its own sovereign digital currency, the Digital Yuan, a means by which it intends to use to gain a competitive advantage over western crypto innovators like Ripple. It was activated on Alipay in May while Ripple battled the SEC lawsuit in the Southern District of New York.
Clayton is just one of many professionals involved in the evolving door between regulators and Wall Street:
We Are Not Letting It Go! #InvestigateJayClayton @RepMaxineWaters @tomemmer @SenWarren @WarrenDavidson @BradSherman @PatrickMcHenry @billhuizenga @RepMaloney @GregMeeksNYC @stevestivers @VanTaylorTX @RogerWilliamsTX https://t.co/wkdTqLOTOO pic.twitter.com/cZNcobDgdn
— Digital Asset Investor (@digitalassetbuy) June 16, 2021
Clayton was not pardoned from questions about his past. He allegedly earned $4 million in dividends from one venture where it is unknown what it is. This is still the case.
One recent video on YouTube discusses the recent actions taken by Clayton and others. The theory discussed is whether Clayton and Hinman sabotage XRP in an effort to help Alibaba and China? (See the 10:45 mark)
In the above piece is the tweet below-showing connections between Clayton, Hinman, and China. By labeling Bitcoin and Ethereum currency and not investments (which they really appear to be) and then bringing on the lawsuit with XRP, they open the door for China.
Names on Alibaba IPO:
Clayton, Hinman and Leiming Chen
Clayton and Hinman BOTH go to the @SEC in 2017
Chen goes to Alipay.
December 2020 #XRP is alleged to be a security.
— John E Deaton (@JohnEDeaton1) May 2, 2021
The reason China makes out is two-fold. Bitcoin and Ethereum are coins that require mining. This process now takes a lot of energy and there are massive energy costs in mining for coins. Most of the mining in the world is performed in China (some 75%). This takes a lot of energy from coal and other sources. Therefore these coins are not considered energy-friendly or green. Because most of the mining is done in China, China benefits from actions that help Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Secondly, China makes out through its new venture with Alipay which is to develop a coin like XRP that has a purpose and works like a currency. Meanwhile, XRP which has been developing its business plan for years is hung up in court on the case started by Clayton who’s now benefitting from Bitcoin’s (and China’s) success.
XRP hasn’t given up though. They filed earlier this month a motion requesting the SEC provide its documents concerning Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP. They also now have on their Board Rosie Rios the 43rd Treasurer of the US.
We don’t know who is going to win these crypto wars. But we are beginning to see who aligns with China and who is building the green coins of the future.