Wright is being sued by Ira Kleiman, the adopted brother of Wright’s late partner, Dave Kleiman, for half of a 1.1 million bitcoin fortune. Those bitcoins are thought to have been mined by Satoshi Nakamoto at the beginning of the first blockchain.
In an unreleased transcript obtained by Modern Consensus of the lawsuit seeking half of the $10 billion in bitcoins the real Nakamoto mined at the beginning of the bitcoin project—which Craig Wright has said he possesses—lawyers for an unnamed third-party pleaded with the judge not to release his or her name to the public for fear of extortion or murder.
The vast majority of the cryptocurrency community thinks Craig Wright is lying when he claims to have invented Bitcoin. This includes luminaries like Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, Binance exchange CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, and many others who have reacted with rage to the Australian’s claims. That said, when people call Wright a liar, they generally refer to loads of proof without going into detail. So, we decided to dive into what proved to be a very deep pool.
Craig Wright’s much-derided claim to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto got a big boost from the U.S. copyright office today. On May 21, the wealthy nChain founder was granted copyright registration for the original whitepaper—”Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”—as well as the original Bitcoin source code.