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Edward Snowden Says A National Government Has Been Buying Bitcoin

Edward Snowden Says A National Government Has Been Buying Bitcoin

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Renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden has claimed that a national government has been buying Bitcoin without disclosing it in the public domain. 

Snowden, the whistleblower behind the Prism Gate scandal, stated he expects sovereign governments to continue purchasing Bitcoin and using it as an alternative to traditional gold reserves. 

A Significant Revelation

Edward Snowden made the bold prediction on social media platform X, with the comments coming amidst burgeoning retail, institutional, and government interest in Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency. Interest has spiked considerably since the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in January. 

“Prediction: A national government will be revealed this year to have been buying Bitcoin—the modern replacement for monetary gold—without publicly disclosing that fact.”

There is no clear indication regarding which government Snowden is talking about. However, based on his previous whistleblowing exploits, he could be talking about the United States, which possesses a sizable but known stash of Bitcoin. Snowden says the government behind the secret purchases of Bitcoin will be revealed later this year but has strictly labeled his comments as a prediction. 

Cryptocurrency And Blockchain Adoption 

Snowden’s comments come as more and more governments and major institutions are actively exploring the potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The growing interest in cryptocurrencies could lead to a shift in how countries store their wealth, with Bitcoin being a possible replacement for gold as a reserve asset. 

While this adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is at an extremely early stage, Snowden’s comments highlight the potential for a significant shift in the global financial landscape. 

The El Salvador Example 

The prospect of another government adopting Bitcoin and potentially making it legal tender represents a huge milestone for the world’s largest cryptocurrency. El Salvador was the first country to give Bitcoin legal tender status in 2021. El Salvador’s gamble on Bitcoin seems to have paid off in many ways, starting with the increase in the value of the country’s Bitcoin investments. 

It has also helped attract a significant number of tourists in the form of Bitcoiners and has also brought considerable investments to the country. Other countries could see the impact of Bitcoin adoption on El Salvador’s economy and may want to do the same. Speaking about Bitcoin’s recent price surge, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele stated, 

“When Bitcoin’s market price was low, they wrote literally thousands of articles about our supposed losses. Now that Bitcoin’s market price is way up if we were to sell, we would make a profit of over 40% (just from the market purchases), and our main source of BTC is now our citizenship program. We won’t sell, of course; in the end, 1 BTC = 1 BTC (this was true when the market price was low, and it’s true now), but it’s very telling that the authors of those hit pieces, the “analysts,” the “experts,” the “journalists,” are totally silent now.”

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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