Craig Steven Wright – the man who invented Bitcoin, or a cunning scammer who wants us to believe him?
Who Is It?
Craig Steven Wright is a former Australian academic who claimed to be the anonymous person bearing the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
Why Is He a Suspect?
On 8th December 2015, the online magazine Wired published an article in which stood that Craig Steven Wright is either the inventor of Bitcoin or a genius scammer who wants us to believe him. Craig refused to respond to these claims. However, on the very same day, Gizmodo published a story with proof obtained by a hacker, who reportedly got access to Craig’s company’s e-mail accounts. In it stood that Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym shared by Craig Steven Wright and the IT analyst David Kleiman, who died in 2013. On 2nd May 2016, Craig Wright published a statement in which he claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. On the same day, journalists from BBC and The Economist posted up articles, in which they said that Wright would sign the statement with a private key linked to the very first bitcoin transaction. Wright’s claim was supported by Jon Matonis (former CEO of Bitcoin Foundation) and the developer Gavin Andresen. However, the developer of bitcoin, Peter Todd, said that Wright’s original statement - which was supposed to contain an encryption proof - does not include any type of key whatsoever. On 4th May 2016, Wright published another post through his blog and promised to publish additional proof that would support his claim about his secret identity, hiding behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The day after this, however, he removed all of his posts and posted up a message of apology:
“I believed that I could do this. I believed that I could put the years of anonymity and hiding behind me. But, as the events of this week unfolded and I prepared to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys, I broke. I do not have the courage. I cannot.”
In June 2016, the magazine London Review of Books published an article written by Andrew O’Hagan describing the events based on discussions with Wright and many other people who investigate Satoshi’s identity.
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