Bitcoin payments made to far-right individuals before US Capitol attack

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Payments in bitcoin worth more than $US500,000 ($642,300) were made to 22 different virtual wallets, most of them belonging to far-right activists and internet personalities, before the storming of the US Capitol, cryptocurrency compliance startup Chainalysis said on Friday.The payments, made by a French donor, of 28.15 bitcoins were made on December 8, the New York-based startup, specialising in countering money laundering and fraud in the digital currency space, said in a blog post.Chainalysis said it now has evidence that many alt-right groups and personalities received large bitcoin donations as part of the single transaction."We have also gathered evidence that strongly suggests the donor was a now-deceased computer programmer based in France," Chainalysis said in the report.Nick Fuentes, who was permanently suspended from YouTube last year for hate speech, received 13.5 bitcoins, worth about $US250,000 at the time of the transfer, making him by far the biggest beneficiary of the…

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