Woopsie! US Marshals Accidentally Leak List Of Silk Road Bitcoin Bidders
Unfortunately, an email with those bidders was sent around, and Blind Copy wasn't used. Thus, identities were leaked, though the Marshals Service swears it wasn't intentional. Lynzey Donahue, a U.S. Marshals spokeswoman, was quoted as saying the following: "The message was not intended for any particular group of people, but for anyone who had emailed a question to the general mailbox to ask about the auction. Only recipient email addresses were disclosed."
The email was supposed to inform the interested bidders of a FAQ related to the upcoming auction. Now, we know that folks from Yelp, Bitcoin Shop, Rangeley Capital, Coinbase, Rowan University, SecondMarket, WilmerHale, and others are in the running.
It's tough to say if any of those parties will decline interest now that their privacy has been violated, but it sure adds yet another strange twist to what was already an odd tale.