SEC, Telegram Startup Gird for Cryptocurrency Court Clash – The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—A startup best known for its popular encrypted messaging application is testing the limits of the U.S. government’s crackdown on digital assets, with both sides readying for a court clash in the biggest cryptocurrency case the Securities and Exchange Commission has levied.

Telegram is feuding with the SEC over its $1.7 billion sale of cryptocurrency in 2018. The agency is accusing Telegram of violating investor-protection laws, saying Telegram’s digital coin is actually a security and not a currency. The case, playing…

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