Virgil Griffith, was arrested by the USA for attending a blockchain conference in North Korea (I talked about it HERE), always yesterday a heavyweight of ethereum took to the field to express his solidarity with Griffith; we are talking about Vitalik Buterin who on Sunday, through his twitter account, decided to join the initiative of the Italian Enrico Talin for a petition to support Virgil. In particular, the Italian community has shown itself to be particularly active in taking the side of the developer arrested in Los Angeles on Thursday, even before Talin, in fact, it was Fabio Pietrosanti who publicly declared that he was willing to testify in the case against Griffith. Buterin, in any case, did not make himself pray, also because in Talin's tweet there was a direct reference to the case of Aaron Swartz, induced to suicide by the US government that intended to treat his case, exactly as it appears to be about to happen with Virgil, to set an example for all the others; moreover these days there are many accounts that are recalling Aaron on social networks, both because despite the years since his death his memory has remained alive in the community, and because the similarities with Griffith's case are frankly objective.
Vitalik, however, in addition to expressing his solidarity, reaffirming his friendship with Griffith, he felt the need to distance himself from the decisions of the developers, pointing out that the ethereum foundation has in no way funded his trip to Korea of North and has nothing to do essentially with the decisions taken by Griffith. But Buterin also added that:
An open mind when talking about geopolitics is a virtue; it is admirable to turn to a group of people whom one has been taught from childhood to believe that there is an enemy number one, an absolute evil from which to keep away, and listen to what they have to say. The world would be better if more people did it from all sides
Vitalik Buterin then wanted to point out how Virgil simply spoke during a conference, which in the context of such a meeting is practically impossible that he could have provided information different from those commonly available online and that Griffith himself has not received any compensation nor a personal return from his trip to North Korea.