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Sam Bankman-Fried Had Very Bizzare Exoneration Ideas, Document Reveals

Bankman-Fried's unconventional image salvage tactics revealed by prosecutors

Prosecutors have unveiled a document where Sam Bankman-Fried, the embattled cryptocurrency magnate, outlines several "random probably bad ideas" aimed at refurbishing his public image. The document, a treasure trove of unconventional strategies, highlights Bankman-Fried's contemplation of distancing himself from the legal team managing his bankruptcy proceedings and laying blame on external entities such as Binance.

"Go on Tucker Carlson [sic], come out as a Republican," one entry muses, alongside others like "Come out as extremely pro crypto, pro freedom," and "Come out with a strong anti-Binance message."

These excerpts from a Google Doc penned by Bankman-Fried himself, reveal a desperate search for a narrative reset post-arrest, as prosecutors argue for a sentence that could span up to 50 years. The strategies range from political rebranding to leveraging media engagements, all underpinned by a candid acknowledgment of their speculative nature. Particularly striking is his intent to critique "the woke agenda" and the legal fraternity's alleged incompetence, as outlined in his potential Tucker Carlson appearance plan. 

The legal and media gambit: Bankman-Fried’s strategy unpacked

Bankman-Fried contemplated discussions with journalists like Matt Levine of Bloomberg and Michael Lewis, famed for his narrative on Bankman-Fried's rise and fall in "Going Infinite." Furthermore, the document lists potential media allies, suggesting a calculated approach to reshaping his public image through strategic communications.

One of the more personal revelations involves Bankman-Fried's consideration of publicizing the effects of his antidepressant medication, hinting at a broader narrative strategy that extends beyond legal and financial discourse.

He notes, pointing to his long-term medication use, though the related document remains inaccessible, adding a layer of mystery to his proposed tactics: 

"Send this EmSam tweet thread," 

Bankman-Fried also entertained the idea of conducting a Twitter poll, seeking advice on navigating his predicament, and urging followers to "support the true narratives." These insights into his thought process highlight a desperate attempt not only to combat legal battles but to engage in a public relations offensive aimed at reclaiming his tarnished reputation. As the sentencing date of March 28 looms, the juxtaposition of Bankman-Fried's legal team advocating for a lenient sentence against prosecutors' push for a severe penalty.