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Decision on documents related to Former top SEC official William Hinman’s infamous speech on Ethereum was a major factor in Ripple’s lengthy lawsuit. However, Eleanor Terrett, a Fox journalist, released Hinman’s work schedule documents covering his entire tenure.
Documents Show SEC Directors Meeting Related to ETH
Terrett in twitter mentioned that she received extensive documents of 189 pages. According to the documents, Hinman held various private meetings from December 20, 2017 to speaking at a Yahoo Finance event on June 14, 2018.
It was revealed that the director of the SEC had only four meetings with ConsenSys, a software company for the Ethereum blockchain. For now, he has two additional meetings to exclusively discuss Ethereum. However, the brightest meeting took place with a16z.
Thus, before the infamous speech, there were about 7 meetings exclusively on Ethereum. John Deaton, Amicus Curiae’s ripple lawsuit mentioned that the first meeting with ConsenSys on December 12, 2017 was marked “Submission attached”, which is also without explanation.
During a meeting with a16z on March 28, 2018, a safe haven was proposed that mentioned Ethereum rather than any other token. The very next day, Hinman had a 90-minute meeting with ConsenSys. However, this was followed by a call to Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum.
What was discussed at the meetings?
However, on May 25, 2018, the director of the SEC met with Matt Corva, a partner at ConsenSys. Meanwhile, there were two meetings labeled Call/Mtg re: Ethereum and “Ether”.
According to the revelation, Hinman met with SEC Special Counsel Michael Seaman. This meeting was entirely dedicated to the speech. He held three special meetings with him.
An XRP lawyer mentioned that another important meeting was with Coinbase March 27, 2022. Meanwhile, the performance-related meeting was only with ConsenSys and a16z. However, no one else was consulted on the Hinman calendar outside of the SEC.
Of particular note are the meetings between the SEC director and SEC ethics staff in the run-up to the Ethereum speech.
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