Did you know that coins used for criminal activity are also used by WikiLeaks?\u00a0 https:\/\/twitter.com\/WikiLeaksShop\/status\/1280640554850754560 Wikileaks.shop, the branch of WikiLeaks that sells merchandise to financially support WikiLeaks, currently accepts BTC, BCH, DASH, ETH, LTC, XMR, and ZEC as payment. Unfortunately, nearly all of these coins have been used by criminals in the past, which puts WikiLeaks, as well as anyone who wishes to pay with one of these currencies at the WikiLeaks.shop, at risk.\u00a0 Zero transparency is NOT the answer The problem with a majority of the coins\/tokens that WikiLeaks supports is that they allow their users to make transactions off-chain, or are practically 100% anonymous like Monero (XMR) and Zcash (ZEC). When transactions are not transparent, or the origin of a coin is obfuscated through coin-mixer services, the coin or token becomes attractive to criminals looking to conduct illicit activities.\u00a0 This places risk on innocent consumers because if they own or receive a privacy coin that has been used for criminal activity, they could, unfortunately, find themselves holding \u201cdirty money\u201d or stolen property. Sending, receiving, or even owning a privacy coin is like playing a game of hot-potato, if you are caught holding the illicit or dirty coins at the end of the game, there's a good chance you are going to be investigated by a government agency or that you might find yourself in a legal battle over the coins or tokens. Privacy, after all, is not the same as anonymity\u2014and in fiat\u2019s case, cash has serial numbers. The IRS is aware The IRS knows that individuals are using privacy coins and off-chain transactions to facilitate crime and launder money\u2014and they are not happy about it. Recently, the IRS released a \u201crequest for information\u201d on privacy coins and sidechains.\u00a0 XMR, ZEC, DASH, the BTC Lightning Network, Ethereum's Raiden Network, and any coin that has implemented the Schnorr Signature algorithm, such as BCH were all cited in the IRS\u2019s request for information\u2014in other words, 6 out of the 7 payment methods that WikiLeaks accepts are on the IRS\u2019s radar. To quote Jon Southurst, who wrote, \u201cIf it\u2019s private for you then it\u2019s just as private for those who would do you harm, including large criminal organizations, powerful-but-corrupt governments and officials, and large corporate bad actors.\u201d If a coin or token is appealing to you for privacy or security reasons, it is also going to be appealing to criminals looking to do harm. When transactions are not transparent or are nearly impossible to track, criminals see the coin or token as the perfect vehicle to commit crime and cover their tracks\u2014or even better, leave no tracks behind. However, governments of the world are now imposing more and more regulation, which is why the Bitcoin SV platform is designed from scratch to work inside this inevitable situation\u2014it\u2019s the only possible outcome so Bitcoin designed itself for it.