SBF Accused of Spreading Misinformation About CZ by Binance CSO23. April 2023
Summary of Article
- Binance’s Chief Strategy Officer, Patrick Hillmann claimed that former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried was spreading misinformation about Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ).
- CZ had announced plans for Binance to liquidate its position in FTX Token prior to the bankruptcy of FTX.
- Bankman-Fried has been facing 13 federal charges including those related bribery and wire fraud.
Disparagement by Sam Bankman-Fried
Binance chief strategy officer Patrick Hillmann recently claimed on Twitter that former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried was “constantly” using his platform to disparage CZ without considering the FTX Token sale. According to Hillmann, SBF used his influence to label CZ as an “evil Chinese” through “fake rumors” in order to perpetuate his alleged scams at FTX. Prior to and following FTX filing for bankruptcy in November 2022, SBF and CZ’s public relationship was often antagonistic, though the two exchanges had financial ties.
Plan for Liquidation of FTT Tokens
In November, CZ announced plans for Binance to liquidate its position in FTX Token (FTT) prior to FTX’s bankruptcy. When the deal fell apart and FTX filed for Chapter 11, the two industry heads traded barbs through social media with CZ calling SBF a “fraudster” and the former FTX CEO suggesting that Zhao lied about the buyout discussions.
Current Situation of Both Figures
CZ continues leading Binance as CEO while regularly posting messages on social media amid changes to the regulatory environment for crypto firms. On the other hand, Bankman-Fried faces 13 federal charges including those related bribery and wire fraud and has only limited internet access as part of his bail conditions.