Kraken Co-founder and CEO Jesse Powell Tweeted on Wednesday saying that, “The resource diversion for this production is massive. Thus going to completely blow up our roadmap”. Further, he added that “Then I realized we made the wise decision to get the hell out of New York years ago and that can dodge this bullet”. Ordinarily, we are happy to help government understand our business; however, this is not the way to go about it”.
Various cryptocurrency exchanges such as Kraken don’t provide their services in New York. The State obliges exchanges to issue a “BitLicense” from the New York State Department of Financial Services. Exchanges such as Coinbase, ripple, Circle and bitFlyer USA have issued the license. The iBit and the Winklevoss twin’s Gemini Trust have charters from the financial services department.
Amy Spitalnick, spokeswomen for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, commented that “Legitimate entities generally like to demonstrate to their investors that their money will be protected.”
Later she added that “This is very basic information that any credible platform should have on hand and be willing to share with their investors”.
Schneiderman’s department is requesting 13 cryptocurrency exchanges on Tuesday to accomplish a questionnaire by May 1. The officials are asking them to share information such as ownership, fees, trading suspensions and money laundering.
As per sources, exchanges like Coinbase, the Gemini Trust, bitFlyer USA and other four exchanges operators have responded to CNBC’s request for criticism addressed to support the request.
Powell is one to waver the request. He stated that if attorney general’s office did want to talk, “ask us for a phone call, fly yourself out to San Francisco, and invite us for lunch at your office. We can tell you which industry groups to join and where to begin your research”.
He asserted that last time exchange acquiesced with New York’s request for information, and they were burdened with BitLicense.
Powell cited “Kraken left New York because it is hostile to crypto and this “questionnaire” we received today proves that New York is not only hostile to crypto, it is hostile to business”.
Bestowing to CoinMarket Cap, San Franciso-based exchange is the 12th largest cryptocurrency trading volume over last 24 hours. According to CryptoCompare, Kraken is ranked fifth by market share for U.S. dollar-bitcoin trading.
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