Former employees of Justice Department and State Department became Advisors respectively for BitFury and Ripple Labs.

 Jason Weinstein, a former head of criminal division of the U.S. Justice Department will act as strategic advisor for the bitcoin mining group BitFury, reports Wall Street Journal. BitFury CEO Valery Vavilov expects him to help the company develop security features and to become a link between BitFury and the authorities. According to Weinstein, making bitcoin and blockchain more secure and more regulated would free them from the stigma of criminality. He believes the bitcoin technology is “equally transformative” as the Internet.

Another ex-government official to join cryptocurrency space on this week is Anja Manuel, formerly employed by the U.S. State department where she reportedly participated in negotiations with India and in shaping U.S. policy in countries of the Middle East. She is now an advisor to Ripple Labs. Manuel hopes to help Ripple in getting international support because the Ripple, according to her, “has the potential to expand the global economy through increased trade, and enables better, more transparent regulatory oversight of payments”.

Both Weinstein and Manuel will also continue to work in other companies. Weinstein is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a law firm based in Washington, D. C, recently named one of 50 litigation firms in the world. As for Manuel, she is a co-founder and partner at RiceHadleyGates, a consulting firm where she works along former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Weinstein and Manuel are not the first people who, after being U.S. government officials, join cryptocurrency companies. In October 2014, former Securities and Exchange

Commissioner Arthur Levitt became advisor to BitPay and Vaurum Labs. In January 2015, as CoinFox already wrote, Ripple Labs added Gene Sperling, ex-economic advisor to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance according to Worth Magazine, to its Board of Directors. Others expressed support for cryptocurrency, notably Larry Summers, former Secretary of Treasury.