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On May 3, the Southern District of Florida issued an order to the self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Craig S. Wright to provide evidence that he is indeed the actual creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, as Write doggedly professes he is.
Craig Steven Wright is an Australian computer scientist who in 2016 publicly claimed that he is the creator of Bitcoin, known by the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi Nakamoto published the whitepaper on Bitcoin in 2008 and remained active through the cryptocurrency’s early years before disappearing without a trace in 2011. Satoshi Nakamoto is widely accepted to be an alias of the largest cryptocurrency’s creator since the name doesn’t align with any living person with the means to be the inventor behind Bitcoin. Since 2011 there has been much speculation about who Satoshi Nakamoto really is and why he chose to leave the project.
In December 2015 both Wired and Gizmodo reported that Wright likely was Satoshi, but further investigation proved his claims to likely be a hoax. Despite this, by spring of 2016, Craig decided to publicly announce that he was the real Satoshi Nakamoto. Since this revelation, and despite Craig’s claims, the cryptocurrency industry has regarded Craig as a fraud and dubbed him “Faketoshi.”
A US federal court is now ordering Craig to disclose his Bitcoin addresses as part of an ongoing lawsuit, Dave Kleiman vs Craig Wright. Ira Kleiman is suing Craig on behalf of his late brother Dave Kleiman’s estate. Ira alleges that Craig is attempting to seize Dave’s Bitcoins in addition to the intellectual property associated with Bitcoin technology. Dave Kleiman is thought to be one of the early pioneers of Bitcoin and a business partner of Craig Wright. The two mined Bitcoin together so Ira is attempting to receive his brother’s share of the 1.1 million Bitcoins mined by the pair.
The court stated:
“On or before May 15, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Dr. Wright shall produce all transactional records of the blind trust, including but not limited to any records reflecting the transfer of bitcoin into the blind trust in or about 2011. The production shall be accompanied by a sworn declaration of authenticity.”
In late last year, Wright claimed that he converted 300,000 Bitcoins to other currency and transferred them to multiple international trusts and as such the lawsuit should be thrown out. This request was dismissed.
Wright now claims to produce a list of his Bitcoin holdings would be “unduly burdensome”, something the court disagrees with, stating:
“In essence, he does not argue undue burden, he argues impossibility. The argument that Dr. Wright is incapable of providing an accurate listing of his current or historical bitcoin holdings was never presented in any of the prior hearings before this Court, when the Court was crafting the scope of discovery.”
Will Wright manage to produce these addresses, which will identify him as the real Satoshi? Doubtfully. But hi, this is the crypto world, so everything is possible.