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German Government Transfers $172 Million in Bitcoin to Multiple Locations

The German government has made headlines by transferring a massive amount of Bitcoin worth over $172 million to multiple cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets over the past two weeks. This move has sent shockwaves through the crypto community and raised questions about the government's motivations behind this substantial Bitcoin transfer.

On July 4th, blockchain investigators PeckShield identified a significant outbound transaction from a wallet linked to the German government, labeled "German Government (BKA)". The transfer involved a total of 3,000 Bitcoin, divided into separate transactions. The first part, valued at roughly $75 million, was distributed across three prominent cryptocurrency exchanges: Coinbase, Kraken, and Bitstamp. The remaining 1,700 Bitcoin, worth nearly $100 million, were sent to a different, unidentified wallet address.

This is not the first time the German government has moved its Bitcoin holdings. On July 2nd, the wallet associated with the German government transferred 832.7 BTC in four transactions. In total, the German government has now sent more than $300 million worth of Bitcoin to crypto exchange addresses and an unidentified wallet labeled '139Po'.

The German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA)-labeled wallet, which holds 40,359 BTC worth around $2.3 billion, could add more selling pressure to Bitcoin's already declining price. The assets were initially seized in 2013 when the BKA confiscated almost 50,000 BTC, valued at over $2 billion at the time, from the operators of, a popular film piracy website.

The move has added to the selling pressure, with Bitcoin falling 5.5% over the past few hours to bottom out at $57,071, according to CoinGecko. In addition to the German government transactions, the nine-week low has been caused by Mt. Gox redemptions, miner selling, and political uncertainty in the U.S.

Germany is not the only country to move and potentially liquidate Bitcoin. In late June, the U.S. government transferred $240 million worth of Bitcoin linked to Silk Road to a Coinbase Prime address. The United States is the largest governmental holder of Bitcoin with 213,246 coins, followed by China with 190,000 BTC, according to BitcoinTreasuries.

This incident highlights the growing involvement of governments in the cryptocurrency space. While the full picture remains hazy, it's a clear sign that regulatory bodies are starting to explore the use of digital assets. The coming days might bring more information from German authorities about the motivations behind this substantial Bitcoin transfer.

In conclusion, the German government's transfer of $172 million worth of Bitcoin to multiple locations has sent shockwaves through the crypto community and added to the selling pressure on the market. This move raises questions about the government's intentions and the potential impact on the overall Bitcoin price. As the situation unfolds, it will be interesting to see how other governments respond to the growing adoption of cryptocurrencies.

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What timing…