If you thought the current Mt. Gox situation was a mess of information, you’re not alone. Even the Japanese government is trying to wrap their heads around what transpired at the exchange in order for them to lose access to 800,000+ bitcoins (worth over $475 million).
“We still have not had a clear grasp of the situation,” said Finance Minister Taro Aso to a reporter after wrapping up a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning. “(We) don’t know if it was a crime or just theft.”
The official’s remark highlights just how convoluted things have become at Mt. Gox. Between ambiguous statements from the company and mind-numbing speculation taking place in the community, it’s evident that only a few people truly know what’s going on — Mark Karpeles assumed to be one of them.
Mt. Gox announced on Tuesday via an update on their website that they are still investigating the cause of the disappearance of the bitcoins (100,000 of which belonged to them). It is unclear just when we are expected to be given more information. [source: Reuters]