US Prevented Worldcoin Founders Arrest In Kenya: Report

US Prevented Worldcoin Founders Arrest In Kenya: Report

In a recent development, Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary, Kithure Kindiki, has disclosed that the United States government intervened to prevent the detention of American citizens associated with the Worldcoin project in Kenya. 

Prof Kindiki made this revelation in a recent report while testifying before an ad hoc committee of the Kenyan National Assembly which is investigating the activities of Worldcoin within the country. The case sheds light on the complex legal and diplomatic issues surrounding the crypto project and the international response it has triggered.

The Arrest Attempt of Worldcoin Executives

The controversy surrounding the Worldcoin project in Kenya continues to unfold, with a parliamentary committee chaired by Narok West MP Gabriel Tongoyo tasked with investigating the project’s activities in the country. 

The committee’s findings, to be tabled by September 28, promise to shed light on the involvement of Tools for Humanity (TFH), a U.S.-registered organization, and its German counterpart, TFH (Gmbh), in the crypto initiative. 

Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki revealed that attempts were made to detain Mr. Blania and Mr. Thomas Scott, TFH’s legal spokesman, as they were departing the country through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

However, the intervention of the United States government led to their release. The U.S. government argued that the individuals had not been found guilty of any crimes and should not be detained without due process.

Worldcoin Hits More Roadblocks

Cabinet Secretary Kindiki also informed the committee that Kenyan authorities have recovered “Orbs” and other electronic gadgets used for collecting iris data, a crucial component of the Worldcoin project. These devices have been submitted to the Communications Authority and the cyber forensic laboratory for analysis. 

This analysis aims to determine the exact number of Kenyan individuals who were signed up for the Worldcoin project and had their sensitive personal data collected. It will also assess the capabilities of the apparatus, possible health implications, and whether they were authorized for use in Kenya.

The struggles of Worldcoin in Kenya is not unique to the region as the biometrics protocol is also facing similar probes in Germany and Argentina amongst a few other nations.

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