The SEC has submitted a request to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They seek permission to file undisclosed materials under seal. This is part of their civil lawsuit against Binance, Binance.US, and Changpeng Zhao, the CEO.

The exact details of the SEC’s application are confidential, sparking speculation about sensitive or possibly incriminating information.

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John Reed Stark, a former SEC official, has shared his perspective. He suggests that the SEC’s undisclosed application might be linked to an ongoing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal investigation.

Reportedly, the DOJ is conducting a detailed investigation into Binance. This globally prominent cryptocurrency exchange is being looked into for potential issues like money laundering and possible violations involving Russian entities.

Stark believes that Binance is unlikely to contest the SEC’s request for keeping these documents confidential. This is because challenging it could risk exposing damaging evidence.

This maneuver emerges as Binance adopts a modified stance concerning its Russian customer base. The cryptocurrency exchange has recently implemented alterations to its policies, confining Russian residents to executing transactions exclusively in rubles, and excluding specific Russian financial institutions from their catalog of payment alternatives.

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Concurrently, a spokesperson representing the company has intimated that Binance is meticulously considering all possible avenues concerning its operations in Russia, even contemplating a comprehensive departure from this market.

The SEC and Binance have a complex legal history. In an earlier instance in June, the SEC initiated legal proceedings against the exchange, its U.S. affiliate, and CZ, alleging their involvement in proffering unregistered securities to U.S. citizens and neglecting to secure requisite licenses.

Concurrently, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) brought forth a distinct lawsuit involving the same parties. Consequently, CZ sought the dismissal of the CFTC lawsuit in July, though the status of both cases remains pending at present.

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