Nick Bilton Investigates 'Dread Pirate Roberts' and the Origins of the Deep Web

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Max Dickstein stands with other upporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In 2013, FBI agents arrested 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht, otherwise known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," the mastermind behind an underground website where people could buy and sell drugs, firearms and other illegal items. But how exactly did Ulbricht, an Eagle Scout from Texas, become the head of Silk Road, a multimillion dollar Deep Web marketplace? Journalist Nick Bilton set out to answer that question in his new book, "American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road." Bilton joins us to discuss his findings and the fascinating and illicit world of the Deep Web.

Guest: Nick Bilton,
special columnist, Vanity Fair; author, "American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind behind the Silk Road"

Guests:

Nick Bilton, special columnist, Vanity Fair; former tech columnist, New York Times; author, "American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind behind the Silk Road"

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