June 7, 2023

Tornado Cash users sued the US Treasury for imposing sanctions against the service

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Tornado Cash users sued the US Treasury for imposing sanctions against the service

Users of the Tornado Cash cryptocurrency mixer are suing the US Department of the Treasury for imposing sanctions on the service, arguing that the ban on open source software violates the US Constitution.

Wednesday, May 24, six Tornado Cash usersdemanded that the US Treasury remove sanctions from the cryptomixer, since the department does not have the right to impose a ban on the use of the platform, and the government is abusing its powers. This initiative was sponsored by the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.

The plaintiffs allege that the imposition of sanctions againstTornado Cash violates the First Amendment related to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Therefore, the sanctions on the open source platform violate the fundamental rights of US citizens. Plaintiffs deny claims that any owner of TORN crypto assets is considered a member of the Tornado Cash organization.

The complaint states that, according to theof the law that was used to impose sanctions against the cryptomixer, blocking can only be imposed on property. However, the privacy software may not be owned, controlled, or modified by anyone. No one can control the platform - this applies to the founders, developers and owners of TORN, the claim states.

Last year, the US Treasury introduced Tornado Cash to"blacklisted", stating that the platform is being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. Tornado Cash protocol developer Alexey Pertsev was arrested in the Netherlands. In April, it became known that Pertsev would be placed under house arrest pending completion of the investigation.