The credibility of Craig Wright - the Australian tech entrepreneur who controversially claims to be the pseudonymous bitcoin inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto - has taken another hit.
After a list of bitcoin addresses that Wright had provided in an ongoing court case was "inadvertently" made public by the plaintiffs on May 21, 145 of the addresses cited were used to sign a public message in which Wright was nicknamed " fraud "and in which it was clarified that he does not actually own or control these addresses.
Is Wright Really Satoshi?
The lawsuit referred to was filed by Ira Kleiman, brother of Wright's former business partner, David Kleiman, who claims half of 1,1 million bitcoins (worth about 9,6 billion dollars), the two coins allegedly mined in the early days of quotation of the cryptocurrency, as well as their intellectual property.
The case is based on whether Wright can prove that he has the cryptocurrency keys or not. Although the address list was quickly resealed by Kleiman's legal team, it can still be found on Court Listener and appears to have provided a way to identify who actually holds the keys.
This, in turn, allowed the actual owners of the addresses to sign the quoted message, which states: “Craig Steven Wright is a liar and a fraud. It does not have the keys used to sign this message.
The Lightning network is a significant achievement. However, we must continue to work to improve the chain's capacity. Unfortunately, the solution is not to simply change a constant in the code or allow powerful participants to force others.
We are all Satoshi. "Some of the numerous addresses of the lawsuit published on the Court Listener were actually used to sign the message. From a BitMEX research it turns out that on "a random sample of 20" of the addresses provided, none of these corresponded to the property of the first "dominant" bitcoin miner in 2009, which many think is Satoshi.
Wright's legal strategy
Wright had said in court that his bitcoins were kept for him in the so-called Tulip Trusts, but that he could not prove that he had control of the keys because of an "attorney-client privilege", that is, a legal privilege granted to his lawyer.
He was accused by the judge of "abusing" the attorney-client privilege to withhold documents and "obfuscate" other proceedings. Wright for his part hopes to bring four expert witnesses to court, one of whom is said to be an "authorized clinical psychologist who studied autism spectrum disorder."
If the judge ruled in favor of Wright on this subject, Dr. Ami Klin “will testify that he has diagnosed Dr. Wright with an autism spectrum disorder with high intellectual abilities.
Dr. Klin's testimony will help the jury understand how this disability affects behavior. " The Kleiman team is trying to block the appearances of the new expert witnesses.