FTX investor Evan Luthra has a few choice words — and some serious questions — for the former cryptocurrency CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
Luthra spoke with Fox News anchor Sandra Smith on Wednesday, and he asked why a scheduled interview with Bankman-Fried — set to take place just a short time after his own television appearance — was not being conducted from a jail cell.
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“It is quite a remarkable moment to think that we are going to see the FTX founder sit down in this interview, this is happening a short time from now,” Smith began, adding, “No questions off limits. What would you ask him?”
“I would ask you, why did you do this, right?” Luthra replied. He went on to lay out a series of questions he’d like to have Bankman-Fried answer — namely, what gave him the right to walk away from his investors after they lost everything, and whether or not he had a plan in place to help them recuperate some of their losses.
“Who is on your side? Why are you not in jail in the first place?” Luthra continued, adding, “This interview could have also taken place behind bars. There’s a lot of questions I would have for the guy there, so — but we do know that he has intentionally defrauded us, he has done a crime, he knows what he was doing.”
Luthra conceded that despite all the questions he and many others would like to see addressed, he did not expect to get any straight answers from Bankman-Fried.
“What does it tell you that he’s even sitting down for this interview, in the middle of this storm, in the first place?” Smith pressed.
“I think this is a big failure on the part of The New York Times to give a gentleman like SBF a stage alongside people like Mark Zuckerberg, [and the] President of Ukraine,” Luthra said, arguing that continuing to give Bankman-Fried a platform only exacerbates the problem by giving him free publicity in addition to growing notoriety.
“It’s very surprising to me to see this happening in the first place,” Luthra concluded. “We know what he has done, we know what actions he has taken … we know the crimes he has committed. He should already be behind bars, this just does not make any sense to me.”