Tether Accuses Bloomberg Of Recycling Old News

Tether responds to WSJ and says it misinforms
  • The company behind the world’s largest stablecoin accuses the publication of spreading inaccurate information.
  • Bloomberg claimed that the company was under investigation by the US Justice Department for cheating banks.
  • Tether responded that the news network practiced journalism incapable of separating fact from falsehood.

Tether accused Bloomberg of spreading old news to grab headlines, after the US business network published a report last week mentioning that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) reopened an investigation into Tether related to bank fraud. 

In a blog post, Tether said that Bloomberg “is desperate for attention in an industry that they just do not understand.” It added that the outlet had dedicated itself to “recycling old news that isn’t even factual.”

Bloomberg wrote Thursday, Oct. 31, that a new DoJ team was investigating whether executives of stablecoin Tether (USDT) had committed a crime. The publication said federal prosecutors from Manhattan were leading the investigation. 

According to the report, federal prosecutors in Washington had warned Tether’s top executives “that they could be charged for allegedly deceiving banks they used to move cash,” sources familiar with the case revealed. However, the case was transferred within the department and has been frozen until now.

“Incompetent Journalism and Inability”

In its response to Bloomberg, Tether said the Justice Department investigation was first opened in November 2018 and continued over the following years. Since then, the company has been collaborating with law enforcement globally to clarify the situation, Tether said.

It indicated that the story published by Bloomberg contained inaccurate events and that many of them had also occurred with its “sister company Bitfinex”, Tether said. "This represents yet another example of their incompetent journalism and inability to seperate fact from falsity."

On the Flipside

  • It is not the first time that Tether has been involved in a public dispute against a media outlet. At the end of August, the company also accused The Wall Street Journal of spreading false news about its financial situation.

The article published by the WSJ on August 27 quoted statements from the former head of internet compliance at the Securities and Exchange Commission, John Reed Stark. The then-official pointed out that Tether needed “an audit akin to a corporate colonoscopy” that would allow knowing its true capital reserves.

According to the article’s authors, Jean Eaglesham and Vicky Ge Huang, instead of conducting a full audit, Tether had simply hired an auditing firm to “snapshot” certify its reserves and liabilities.

Unsurprisingly, Tether defended itself and said that the Treasuries backing its balance sheet were not unsafe assets. It also denied that the business was not profitable, as the article suggested, and countered that perhaps the WSJ confused Tether with some of its rivals.

Why You Should Care

  • Until Tether publishes a full audit of its balance sheet, the debate about its financial status is likely to linger in the mainstream media for a while longer.

Efforts by the company behind the world’s largest stablecoin to show its strength seem to have been insufficient so far. In its reply, Tether reiterates the improvement of its cooperation with the Department of Justice to solve cases related to cybercrime and national security.

Tether says that it is a victim, like Bitfinex, as acknowledged in the Fowler – Crypto Capital fraud case, referenced by Bloomberg.


You can read other related articles in the following links:

Tether (USDT) Removes Commercial Paper from Its Reserves as Part of Its Transparency Drive

Is There Really a Conspiracy Against Tether?

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Santiago is a Venezuelan blockchain reporter specializing in economic and financial issues, with special emphasis on stablecoin trading as well as political and regulatory issues related to Latin America. Every day he reviews and analyzes movements in the crypto market to offer readers first-hand information that can help them make sound decisions in the exciting world of crypto.