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BitDAO suspects Alameda of dumping BIT tokens, asks for proof of funds

8 Nov, 20223 min readOther
BitDAO suspects Alameda of dumping BIT tokens, asks for proof of funds

BitDAO (BIT)suspected FTX founder Sam Bankman Fried’s venture capital firm Alameda Research of breaching an agreement made in 2021 and selling its 100 million BIT tokens, causing BIT to plummet.

The DAO community asked Alameda to prove that it still owns its BIT tokens, and Alameda responded by transferring over 100 million BIT tokens from an FTX hot wallet to an Alameda address.

Background

Alameda published a proposal titled BIP-4 and offered BitDAO to swap 100 million BIT tokens with Alameda for 3,362.315 FTT tokens and make a public commitment not to sell each others’ tokens for three years. The proposal was open for voting between Oct. 20 and Oct. 30 2021 and passed with 100% votes of the participants in favor.

The token swaps took place on Nov. 2, 2021, in three transactions, and both parties agreed not to sell them before Nov. 2, 2024.

Coins plummet

On Nov. 8, both BIT and FTT experienced a sharp 20% decline at around the same time. BIT fell from $0.40 to $0.33, while FTT plummeted from $22.12 to $15.36. Both tokens quickly recovered from a portion of their losses. At the time of writing, BIT is being traded for $0.39, while FTT is priced at $18.184.

In light of recent speculation about FTX’s financial stability, the BitDAO community suspected that Alameda may have sold its BIT holdings and caused the sudden dump of both FTT and BIT.

BitDAO’s founder and CEO Ben Zhou Tweeted to explain their suspicions and announced that they are asking for proof of funds from Alameda.

Bitdao community is questioning the sudden dump of $bit token caused by Alameda dumping and breaching the 3 yr mutual no sale public commitment. Nothing is confirmed but bitdao community would like to confirm a proof of fund from Alameda. — Ben Zhou (@benbybit) November 8, 2022

The BitDAO community ensured that the 3,362.315 FTT tokens were safe and sound in the BitDAO treasury, and asked Alameda to ensure BitDAO by transferring the 100 million BIT tokens into an on-chain address so that the BitDAO community can verify.

BitDAO community warned that if Alameda fails to provide sufficient proof of funds within 24 hours:

“It will be up to the BitDAO community to decide (vote, or any other emergency action) how to deal with the $FTT in the BitDAO Treasury.”

FTX responds

Responding to BitDAO’s request, over 100 million BIT tokens were transferred from an FTX hot wallet to Alameda’s address.

This address is the original address that Alameda agreed to receive its BIT tokens in when the deal was inked in 2021.

Zeynep is an academic who turned to crypto in 2018. Originating in social sciences, she is especially interested in the social impact of blockchain and cryptocurrencies and strongly believes in their transmuting power.

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