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‘Deep Web’ questions the case against an alleged online drug impresario with libertarian leanings

April 14, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
April 14, 2015

Deep Web explores a variety of issues about the Internet and how it may shape our lives in the future. But Alex Winter’s new documentary is at its best by far when it dives into the prosecution of a man who became notorious for his links to an online drug market.

That individual is Ross Ulbricht, now 30, who was convicted in February on federal hacking charges. (His sentencing is scheduled for next month.) When he was arrested in 2013 at a San Francisco library, his laptop was linked to administrative functions of the covert Silk Road website, which sold all manner of illegal drugs.

Deep Web, which is narrated by Keanu Reeves, acknowledges that Ulbricht at the very least was one of the operators of the Silk Road and may actually have founded it. But the documentary raises serious questions about decisions made by law enforcement agencies, the prosecution and the judge in the case.

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