German Government Agency Transfers $425M Bitcoin to Crypto Exchanges

German Government Agency Transfers $425M in Bitcoin, Some to Crypto Exchanges

In a surprising move, a German government agency has transferred a whopping $425 million in bitcoin to another wallet address, with some of the funds being sent to crypto exchange deposit wallets. The transactional data reveals that deposits worth $32 million each were made to popular exchanges Kraken and Bitstamp, indicating a potential intention to sell the digital assets.

The wallet address in question was previously identified as belonging to the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) by Arkham, a data analytics firm specializing in blockchain transactions. The agency moved 6,500 BTC to a specific address and then back to itself, while also sending portions of the funds to the aforementioned exchanges.

According to Arkham CEO Miguel More, the German entity appeared to have moved $130 million in BTC to “service wallets,” a common practice that often signifies an intention to sell the assets in the near future. The movements were flagged by Mantle blockchain strategist @Defi_Maestro on social media platform X.

The BKA had previously seized almost 50,000 BTC, valued at over $2 billion at the time, from the operators of, a film piracy website that was active in 2013. The agency received the bitcoin in mid-January following a “voluntary transfer” from the suspects, as reported by Arkham.

This recent transfer of $425 million in bitcoin by the German government agency has raised eyebrows in the cryptocurrency community, with many speculating on the reasons behind the move. The involvement of major exchanges like Kraken and Bitstamp further adds to the intrigue, as it suggests potential market activity in the near future.

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As the story continues to unfold, the cryptocurrency community will be closely monitoring the movements of the German government agency and the potential impact on the market. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story.