It may seem that bribery scandals and acquisitions cannot touch cryptocurrency industry, but that is not true. The recent announcement of Coinbase having listed Ripple’s XRP is a proof of it, since many crypto related people reckon Ripple bribed Coinbase. Let us see what happened.
On February 26, Coinbase Pro announced that XRP was available to trade. The platform provides more advanced services that the regular Coinbase. After listing XRP on Coinbase platform, the price on the tokens raised by 10 percent.
According to the report made by Dior in late February, Coinbase breached its rules to list XRP tokens. Moreover, the CIO of Altana Digital Currency Fund contacted with Elliott Suthers who is Coinbase’s communications’ director and asked some questions. He wrote
whether or not Coinbase asked for permission of either the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In addition, Suthers was asked whether there was a private deal between Coinbase and Ripple for listing XRP pairs.
Suthers answered that he was ready to discuss these things “off the record”, thus let people think that there was something illegal between Coinbase and Ripple.
— Alistair Milne (@alistairmilne) 26 февраля 2019 г.
On the next day, Miguel Vias replied via Twitter that there was no payment regarding this situation.
We’re happy to go on the record. Coinbase’s listing of XRP (also, not “our token”) was Coinbase’s independent decision – we did not give them anything to make it happen. https://t.co/xTVvACqsQa
— Miguel Vias ⚡ (@miguelvias) February 27, 2019
In April 2018, Bloomberg published that Ripple offered Coinbase and Gemini platforms to list XRP tokens for $100 million in XRP and $1 million correspondingly. Even though the CEO of Ripple refused all the accusations, but rumours cannot just appear from nowhere. It makes us think what if Miguel Vias or any other Ripple’s representative is hiding the truth. It is also quite suspiciously that the company which was embroiled in different lawsuits of insider trading surrounding its Bitcoin Cash listing, did not get anything from listed XRP.
What about you? Do you believe in Ripple’s Executive’s words?
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