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Following former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) interview with The New York Times and several direct text messages with Reuters, SBF recently did a much longer and more candid interview with Vox reporter Kelsey Piper. Following the interview conducted via direct messages on Twitter, current FTX Chief Restructuring Officer and CEO John Ray explained that SBF has no permanent role at FTX International, FTX US or Alameda Research. Ray further pointed out that the former FTX CEO “doesn’t speak for them.”

SBF: “This stupid game we woke up Westerners to”

former FTX executive Sam Bankman Fried (SBF) had a little more to say after telling the New York Times that he was sleep better and play video games to clear his mind. In an interview recently published by news publication Vox, SBF spoke with journalist Kelsey Piper. “I didn’t want to do sketchy stuff, there are huge negative effects and I didn’t want to,” SBF said. The FTX co-founder added:

Each individual decision seemed good and I didn’t realize how big their sum was until the end.

After the article was published, however, SBF tweeted that the direct message (DM) conversation was never meant to be public. “Last night I spoke to a friend of mine”, SBF said. They published my messages. These weren’t meant to be public, but I guess they are now. The former CEO of FTX also detailed that “problems were brewing” at FTX that were “bigger” than he thought.

in the voice interview with SBF’s so-called friend Piper, the Vox reporter commented that SBF “was really good at talking about ethics, for someone who saw it all as a game of winners and losers.” SBF responded and said:

Ya, hehe, I had to be. That’s what reputations are made of, to a certain extent. I feel bad for those who get screwed over by this. By this stupid game we woke westerners playing where we say all good shiboleths and so everyone loves us.

When the reporter asked about regulations and political lobbying, SBF replied “F*** regulators” and further insisted that they “make everything worse”. Vox published the article at 3:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon, and a statement from current FTX Chief Restructuring Officer and CEO John Ray followed the published interview. Ray’s message was published via the official FTX Twitter account at 3:59 p.m. (ET).

The tweet read: “Statement from John Ray, Chief Restructuring Officer and CEO of [FTX]regarding Mr. Bankman-Fried’s recent public statements: As previously announced, Mr. Bankman-Fried resigned on November 11 from [FTX International], FTX US, Alameda Research Ltd. and their directly and indirectly owned subsidiaries. Mr. Bankman-Fried has no permanent role in the [FTX International]FTX US or Alameda Research Ltd. and do not speak on their behalf.

Vox reporter Piper said she reached out to SBF through Twitter’s DM feature on November 13, days after the company filed for bankruptcy on November 11, 2022. The former FTX CEO tweeted much more and simply pretends that he no longer entered his head. SBF may have a lot more stories to tell reporters at The New York Times and Vox, but according to FTX restructuring agent Ray, the former exchange manager isn’t talking about what’s left of the remnants of FTX.

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Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the news manager for News and a fintech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He is passionate about Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written over 6,000 articles for News about disruptive protocols emerging today.

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