A week ago, 24-year-old Charlie Shrem landed at JFK, home from
giving a talk about the virtual currency Bitcoin at an e-commerce
convention in Amsterdam.
The trip had gone well. Shrem’s speech made the front page of the
Dutch Financial Times, his Icelandair flight had internet, and he
was excited to be reunited with his girlfriend, Courtney. He did
not expect to be arrested when he got off the plane. But as soon
as he saw the agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and
IRS waiting for him at the gate, he knew.
Whatever the trouble was, it must have something to do with