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Silk Road manager says Bitcoin let it win the War on Drugs

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Online drug bazaar Silk Road was made possible by Tor's anonymity software, but the site's head — known as the Dread Pirate Roberts — says it was Bitcoin that let it grow. "We've won the State's War on Drugs because of Bitcoin," he tells Forbes for an interview and profile. But even as new competitor Atlantis promises "dank buds" in a blunt, now-deleted YouTube ad, Roberts describes his site as an ideological blow against regulation and surveillance. And the anonymity he values extends far beyond obscuring his real name: like his namesake in The Princess Bride, he says he's not the first Dread Pirate Roberts, and it's possible he won't be the last.