Leave it to the left-wing New York Times to celebrate two of the world’s biggest frauds and grifters at the moment: Sam Bankman-Fried, whose failed crypto exchange FTX wiped out billions from clients, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to Breitbart News, Bankman-Fried, who became a super donor to Democrats because it’s easy to virtue signal to the left, will appear as a speaker at a conference hosted by the Times, along with Zelenskyy, who will appear virtually.
What’s even more insulting than assuming what a disgraced and now bankrupt crypto hustler has to say is useful or interesting to anyone, attendees to the Times’ conference will be charged a hefty $2,499 fee just to get in to hear “today’s most vital minds,” whatever that is supposed to mean.
The disgraced FTX founder’s appearance at the conference comes following a softball interview with the Times. It also comes after Bankman-Fried was accused of mishandling crypto customer investments to the tune of billions of dollars. His firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States following a week of bombshell revelations.
Breitbart News noted further:
The Wall Street Journal reported that Bankman-Fried was the sixth-largest donor in this midterm election cycle after he invested about $40 million, mainly on Democrat candidates and causes, with the bulk of the money on primary elections instead of the general elections.
But there is even more of a strange expenditure, according to Fox News, and it involves Bankman-Fried and Zelenskyy’s country.
The outlet, along with other media sources, reported that the FTX founder’s company established a website to help raise money for Ukrainians following Russia’s now-stalled invasion in February. Some people have said that the funds for that effort eventually found their way into Democratic campaigns to which Bankman-Fried donated.
Fox News noted:
His [Bankman-Fried’s] company also reportedly set up a website, Aid for Ukraine, to raise funds for Ukrainians amid the ongoing war against Russia. The initiative was powered by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, FTX and Ukrainian-web company Everstake.
Cryptocurrency donations were sent to the National Bank of Ukraine. The 30-year-old crypto financier wrote on Twitter in early March he was “excited and humbled to be working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance and others to support crypto donations to Ukraine.”
— SBF (@SBF_FTX) March 8, 2022
Breitbart News reported that last week, Alex Bornyakov, Ukraine’s deputy minister of digital transformation, took to Twitter to state that claims his country used taxpayer funds to invest in Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange, which then turned into donations to Democratic candidates in the U.S., was a “nonsense” accusation.
A fundraising crypto foundation @_AidForUkraine used @FTX_Official to convert crypto donations into fiat in March. Ukraine’s gov never invested any funds into FTX. The whole narrative that Ukraine allegedly invested in FTX, who donated money to Democrats is nonsense, frankly ????
— Alex Bornyakov (@abornyakov) November 14, 2022
“Ukraine’s gov never invested any funds into FTX. The whole narrative that Ukraine allegedly invested in FTX, who donated money to Democrats is nonsense, frankly,” he wrote on Twitter.
Right — just like Joe and Hunter Brandon weren’t neck deep in corrupt activities in Ukraine, including soaking up millions in ‘board member salary’ and Joe, as vice president, threatening to withhold a billion dollars in aid from Ukraine if a prosecutor investigating the company Hunter Brandon worked for wasn’t fired.
Not surprising, there will be American politicians in attendance at the NYTimes conference as well, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen; New York City Mayor Eric Adams, former Vice President Mike Pence — a potential 2024 presidential contender — as well as Benjamin Netanyahu, a former Israeli Prime Minister and current leader of the opposition party in the Knesset.