Craig Wright May be Held in ‘Contempt of Court’

In the latest court saga of self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright V/s the estate of David Kleiman, it appears that the former may be liable to …
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In the latest court saga of self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright V/s the estate of David Kleiman, it appears that the former may be liable to be held in contempt of court.

This development came about, when the legal counsel for a plaintiff in the bitcoin (BTC) theft case said that Wright had failed to disclose his bitcoin holdings as a per court order, news portal CoinTelegraph said.

Last week, Crypto-News India had reported that a mediator’s report said that there was no conclusion to the meeting. The report said, “This case did not settle at the mediation. As a result, we are at an impasse.”

Though legally, the matter remains in a stalemate, Calvin Ayre tweeted about the mediation moments after it ended. The conference occurred one day after a judge sealed evidence that Wright was ordered to produce over his claims that he’s Satoshi Nakamoto. In the tweet, Ayre said, “Craig just finished his settlement conference in Miami…Craig is in the U.S. and is intent on regaining control over his legacy as Satoshi in that country.”

The support of a friend is worth more than gold, but interestingly, the US Copyright Office had begged to differ. Last month, the USC had said, that it would neither investigate if the claims were true and nor would it put forth any opposition, the likes of which are usually put forward by the Patent and Trademark Office for patents and trademark registrations.

It had said, “As a general rule, when the Copyright Office receives an application for registration, the claimant certifies as to the truth of the statements made in the submitted materials. The Copyright Office does not investigate the truth of any statement made.”

Last month, a United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida had issued an order on May 3, which compelled Wright to produce a list of his bitcoin public addresses. The order was brought about when the estate of computer scientist, David Kleiman filed a case against Wright, accusing the latter of stealing hundreds of thousands of BTC, which were more than $5 billion dollars in February last year.

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‘Bitcoin Inventor’ Craig Wright Basks in Satoshi Glow as Court Date Looms

… bitcoin inventor Craig Wright had his fondest wish come true when the capital city of Colombia formally recognized him as Satoshi Nakamoto.

By CCN Markets: Self-proclaimed bitcoin inventor Craig Wright had his fondest wish come true when the capital city of Colombia formally recognized him as Satoshi Nakamoto.

Bogota Grants Craig Wright’s ‘Satoshi’ Wish

Officials in Bogota presented Wright with a fancy certificate affirming him as the creator of bitcoin. The events unfolded at the 2019 Expo-Bitcoin International in Bogota, a week-long crypto conference.

Wright, the chief scientist at nChain, and Jimmy Nguyen, nChain’s CEO, both attended the conference, where they discussed how Latin Americans could use cryptocurrencies to improve their economies. Notably, Wright discussed “bitcoin and the law.”

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Self-proclaimed bitcoin inventor Craig Wright spoke at a crypto conference in Bogota, Colombia. | Source: Jimmy Nguyen/Twitter

Certificate: Wright Is Recognized as the Creator of Bitcoin

Nguyen shared Twitter photos of Wright showing off the certificate that proclaimed him bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Judge Seals ‘Bitcoin Inventor’ Craig Wright’s Satoshi Documents

By CCN Markets: A Florida judge sealed the list of bitcoin holdings that self-proclaimed “Satoshi Nakamoto” Craig Wright was compelled to submit on …

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By CCN Markets: A Florida judge sealed the list of bitcoin holdings that self-proclaimed “Satoshi Nakamoto” Craig Wright was compelled to submit on June 17 pursuant to an order he issued last week.

Unfortunately for curious followers of this bizarre legal drama, federal magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart sealed the files. This means that the crypto-sphere will have to wait a little longer before they can see proof of Wright’s claims that he’s the inventor of bitcoin.

A judge sealed the files that Craig Wright submitted to prove that he is bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto. | Source: U.S.

Judge Directed Craig Wright to Show Proof

As CCN reported, Judge Reinhart ordered Wright to produce a list of all the bitcoin he mined prior to Dec. 31, 2013. Reinhart made the ruling in response to a motion filed in March 2019 by the estate of computer genius Dave Kleiman.

Kleiman was a colleague and friend of Craig Wright until his untimely death in 2013. Kleiman’s estate claims that Wright stole Kleiman’s share of the 1.1 million bitcoin they had mined together between 2009 and 2013.

That bitcoin stash was worth $10 billion in 2018 when Kleiman’s estate sued Wright. The estate is demanding at least $5 billion from Wright — or half the value of the Wright/Kleiman bitcoin stash.

Dave Kleiman and Craig Wright mined 1.1 million bitcoins before Kleiman’s tragic death in 2013. | Source: YouTube screenshots

Last week, the judge told Wright to produce a list of his bitcoin holdings by June 17 or face contempt charges. So far, it appears that Wright has complied with the court’s directive.

It’s almost a certainty that the files were sealed at Wright’s request because he had sought a similar protective order in April. At the time, the court denied Wright’s motion for a protective order. That’s probably why Wright refused to provide the verification documents that Kleiman’s estate had sought.

But now, the files are sealed from the public’s prying eyes, so Wright scored a small victory in this heated lawsuit.

Kleiman Lawsuit Concedes That Wright Could Be Satoshi

As CCN reported, the estate of Dave Kleiman filed a $10 billion federal lawsuit against Craig Wright in February 2018. In the complaint, the estate accused Wright of trying to steal the intellectual property and massive bitcoin stash that he and Kleiman had mined together before Kleiman’s death.

Wright and Kleiman started collaborating on bitcoin back in 2008 — before anyone had ever heard of it. Together, they mined more than 1.1 million bitcoins, according to the Kleiman lawsuit.

There are rumors that Dave Kleiman was Satoshi Nakamoto and that Wright is trying to horn in on that because Kleiman’s not around to contradict him. However, in their lawsuit, Kleiman’s estate concedes that it’s possible that either Kleiman or Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto.

“It is unclear whether Craig, Dave, and/or both created Bitcoin. For reasons not yet completely clear, they chose to keep their involvement in Bitcoin hidden from most of their family and friends. It is undeniable, however, that Craig and Dave were involved in Bitcoin from its inception and that they both accumulated a vast wealth of bitcoins from 2009 through 2013.”

Did Craig Wright Fake Dave Kleiman’s Signature?

Kleiman’s estate apparently doesn’t care who Satoshi is. They merely want the $5 billion in bitcoin that Wright and Kleiman had mined together.

According to the Kleiman lawsuit, Wright used bogus signatures on legal documents to bilk Kleiman’s estate out of their rightful property.

The plaintiffs attached an Exhibit (see below) that compared Kleiman’s signature and the ones found on several contracts that Wright used to claim ownership to the intellectual property and bitcoin referenced in their lawsuit.

Kleiman’s estate noted that the signatures look “substantially different.” Moreover, they claim that the electronic signatures on relevant contracts look like a computer-generated font.

Dave Kleiman’s estate accused Craig Wright of faking Kleiman’s signatures to take unlawful possession of Kleiman’s bitcoin stash and intellectual property. | Source: Exhibit 19

“The electronic signatures that appear on these documents are substantially different than known examples of Dave’s electronic and written signatures,” the complaint alleges. “This signature appears to be a near identical copy of a computer-generated font called Otto.”

The Kleiman lawsuit is still in the early stages and could drag on because of the huge amount of money involved. So what’s next for Craig Wright? He has to appear in court in Florida on June 28. So stay tuned.

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Monero’s [XMR] Riccardo Spagni joins Jameson Lopp to discredit Bitcoin SV’s [BSV] Craig Wright

The cryptocurrency market is rife with controversies, with the main question concerning the actual identity of the person behind the Satoshi Nakamoto …

The cryptocurrency market is rife with controversies, with the main question concerning the actual identity of the person behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym. Craig Wright, nChain’s Chief Scientist, grabbed headlines after he claimed that he was the legendary creator of Bitcoin [BTC]. However, these speculations have been shot down several times after allegations that Wright was faking and misrepresenting evidence.

The latest cryptocurrency proponent to go all out against Wright is Riccardo Spagni, the lead developer at Monero. He tweeted about Jameson Lopp’s Craig Wright article being geo-blocked in the UK and Australia. Spagni’s tweet read,

“If you’re in the UK or Australia and want to read up on how Craig Wright is a massive fraud, I’ve got you covered fam.”

He also followed up with additional archive links, all of which contained evidence pointing to the fact that Wright was not Satoshi. Yiros, a cryptocurrency enthusiast, commented on Spagni’s tweet by saying,

‘I’m in Australia.I already know he is a fraud. Apologies on behalf of a nation.”

Jameson Lopp’s piece on Craig Wright titled, “How many Wrongs Make a Wright?” was an extensive coverage of all the claims made by Wright and the rebuttals proving that he was lying. Lopp started his article by stating,

“In other articles and on social media, some people have called into question Craig Wright’s character on a personal level and tried to establish patterns of fraudulent business practices not specifically related to the matter at hand. While my research led me to examine these allegations, I decided to narrow the focus of this particular article on evidence solely as it relates to Wright’s claims that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.”

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Bitcoin Dev Drops Withering Assault on Craig Wright’s Satoshi Claims

By CCN: In a rare foray into editorial writing, Bitcoin developer Jameson Lopp has dismantled Craig Wright’s Satoshi claims, one by one. “How Many …

By CCN: In a rare foray into editorial writing, Bitcoin developer Jameson Lopp has dismantled Craig Wright’s Satoshi claims, one by one. “How Many Wrongs Make a Wright?” should be bookmarked in the browser of any cryptocurrency enthusiast. It’s as a master list of reasons not to believe Craig Wright’s claim that he is Satoshi Nakamoto.

Lopp Finally Gives a Peek At Wright Research

Lopp uncharacteristically chose to publish the piece in Bitcoin Magazine, as opposed to his Medium blog. Presumably, the post is partially the result of exhaustive research conducted by Lopp. He’s been teasing the release of such research via Twitter for a couple of weeks. He recently said that after legal review, he wouldn’t be moving forward with the publication of his research just yet. Some of the things written in the post can only have derived from that research.

A year ago I began a new research project; the subject of this research was Craig Steven Wright. I finished my research a while ago but the article has been stuck in legal review by multiple teams of attorneys for over a month. Expecting to publish next week.

— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) April 19, 2019

Lopp writes:

“From examining the public timestamps on over 100 blog posts by Wright during the 2009 & 2010 time period and comparing them against over 800 public timestamps from emails, forum posts and code commits by Satoshi during the same period, we can gain some insight as to the sleep patterns of each. It’s pretty clear that Wright was generally inactive from 13:00 to 18:00 UTC while Satoshi was inactive from 7:00 to 12:00 UTC. As such, Wright appears to maintain a sleep schedule consistent with someone living in the AEST time zone (Australia) while Satoshi maintains a sleep schedule consistent with the EST time zone (North American east coast and part of South American west coast). While it’s possible that Wright was meticulously maintaining two separate schedules for each identity, Occam’s Razor suggests that the reason for the different patterns is probably because they belong to different people.”

Did Craig Wright Code for the Australian Military?

The lengthy post details the history of Craig Wright and Bitcoin but also dives into Wright’s background.

For example, Lopp reveals that after some back and forth with the Australian government, he was able to obtain substantial information about Wright’s military service. Craig Wright entered a military training program at some point but failed out due to poor grades. Nothing about his military records gives credence to Wright’s claims that he coded for the Aussie military.

“It’s interesting, to say the least, that this man who claims to be a lifelong academic with more than a dozen degrees appears to have failed out of his first semester in the RAAF, according to these public records. […] Is it likely that he was given the responsibility to write code for bomb guidance systems as a first-semester cadet? Did he leave the military due to a “conflict of interest”? Records show he was at the RAAF in 1990, so what about his claim that he was studying at the University of Queensland from 1989 to 1992?”

Under advice of legal counsel my Craig Wright article is being geoblocked for residents of the UK and Australia. But information wants to be free…

— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) May 9, 2019

An oft-forgotten episode with Craig Wright is that time he claimed you could retrieve “burnt” bitcoins. Lopp says:

“He didn’t demonstrate any such thing. Rather, he claimed that Bitmain might have the private key to the burn address. Of course, this is an impossible claim and the math is irrefutable — it would take on the order of 2¹⁶⁰ calculations to brute-force the private key, and there isn’t enough computing power in the world to do that in any reasonable time frame.”

Other examples of Craig Wright’s ego overpowering his actual intellectual abilities are littered throughout the piece.

Why Would You Want to Be Satoshi, Anyway?

At this point, the real question that remains about Craig Wright is why he would want to claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto if he couldn’t prove it. Or why he would want to claim it at all. The mantle of Satoshi Nakamoto is not a fun one to hold. The man who solved the double-spending problem, created Byzantine fault tolerance, and created a liberating financial protocol in the process chose anonymity for a reason. It might never be safe to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto.

Lopp comments on this, as well:

“[…] Wright may be performing a sophisticated form of advance-fee scam or affinity scam, whereby he uses his credibility to convince investors to part with their money for the promise of future returns.”

This summary won’t do Lopp’s masterpiece any justice. This reporter strongly suggests anyone with an interest in the past, present, and future of Craig Wright and his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto to read the lengthy piece in full.