FTX lobbyist attempted Nauru purchase for new superspecies, lawsuit alleges

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Nauru is a small island country located in the Pacific Ocean. It is the third smallest country in the world by land area, covering just about 21 square kilometers (8.1 square miles). The country is situated northeast of Australia, approximately 2,100 miles from Brisbane.

According to a lawsuit filed in Delaware bankruptcy court, Sam Bankman-Fried’s younger brother, a former top lobbyist for FTX, contemplated acquiring the island nation of Nauru in the Pacific to establish a fortified apocalypse bunker state.

As per the suit filed by attorneys from Sullivan & Cromwell seeking to recover billions of dollars after FTX’s collapse, Gabe Bankman-Fried considered purchasing Nauru in the scenario of a significant population decline, aiming to safeguard his philanthropic allies and create a genetically enhanced human species.

Tech billionaires, especially those who consider themselves doomsday preppers, are known to have a well-documented obsession with bunker life.

Moreover, they are fascinated by the idea of acquiring large estates in the Pacific region and even obtaining small islands in the area.

During his tenure at FTX, the older Bankman-Fried brother promoted a philanthropic approach known as effective altruism and established the philanthropic arm of the company with this ideology in mind.

Followers of effective altruism strive to maximize their income to contribute their money in a manner they believe will have the greatest positive impact on humanity.

Gabe Bankman-Fried served as FTX’s prominent figure in Washington, D.C., and was involved in bipartisan charitable donations amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Alongside an unnamed philanthropic officer from FTX, he explored the idea of purchasing Nauru, partly to facilitate “sensible regulation around human genetic enhancement” and establish a laboratory on the island.

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A Nauru representative confirmed that the island nation was never for sale and is not currently on the market.

FTX lawyers claim that the Bankman-Fried team aimed to establish an emergency base for themselves and a selected group of “EAs” (effective altruists) in Brisbane, Australia, which is a little over 2,100 miles away from Nauru, a nation with a population of approximately 12,000.

The memo between the younger Bankman-Fried and the philanthropic advisor, cited in the suit, suggests that besides being an apocalypse haven, there may be other beneficial purposes for acquiring a sovereign country as well.

Source : cnbc.com