Bitcoin is a Decentralized Defection – Bitcoin Magazine

This is an opinion editorial by Kyle Schneps, director of public policy at Foundry, a Digital Currency Group company.

The legacy of the Cold War system of defection rewarded the few elites who chose to publicly renounce authoritarian regimes in favor of Western democracies. The Bitcoin network now allows all people, regardless of their station or class, to privately renounce tyranny by investing autocratic-controlled currencies in a decentralized global system of financial independence.

Walking the labyrinthine corridors of CIA headquarters late at night in the 1960s, you’ll eventually notice a wedge of dim smoky light as you pass a particular top-floor office suite. Following the trail of light and peering inside, you’d see a scrawny bespectacled man hunched over countless volumes of poetry and piles of human intelligence case files. A single dim bulb would highlight an overflowing ashtray and a perpetually furrowed brow. You would be looking at James Jesus Angleton, the grandfather of US counterintelligence analysis and operations – and also one of the most controversial figures in the gray corners of US history.

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