SINGAPORE – Following the Taliban’s recent takeover of Afghanistan’s major cities, intelligence authorities from the United States turned their attention to Ethereum creator Vitaly Dmitriyevich “Vitalik” Buterin. Authorities travelled to Singapore to interrogate Buterin following information that the Taliban had been involved in the 14-day premine sale of the cryptocurrency. In recent weeks a dormant Ethereum wallet address became active as the price crossed $3,000 USD, its owner: Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s financial leader. Narcotics, and now cryptocurrencies, are believed to be major drivers in the Taliban’s financial prowess. Records indicate that during the Ethereum premine the Taliban purchased nearly 10 million of the 60 million ether sold. At the time this represented only $3 million USD, but at current prices the Taliban is now believed to possess over $30 billion dollars. When asked whether or not he knew about the customers involved in the premine sale Buterin responded, “I was told that Akhundzada was going to be a major purchaser during the premine but we had a lot of insiders involved,” said Buterin, “I didn’t realize his affiliation with the Taliban.” Buterin continued, “Without knowing how much Ether’s total supply is, I can’t say how much the Taliban now owns.” While the Ethereum network supports projects like NFT’s (non-fungible tokens), and projects like CryptoKitties, it is now evident that large militant groups like the Taliban are using the cryptocurrency to fund violence and oppression in Afghanistan.