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US Court Orders Craig Wright to Prove He is Satoshi Nakamoto

May 06, 2019 12:24
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It appears that finally self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto Craig Wright will finally be given the chance to prove his claims. For a long time, Wright has claimed that he is the founder of Bitcoin and has been involved in scuffles with various eminent personalities, including his one-time friend, Roger Ver.

A United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida issued an order on May 3, which compels 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.

The court had stated in its order, “Dr. Wright filed an unverified motion in which he identified a number of bitcoin public addresses that he mined. Although not delineated as a Motion for Protective Order, that is what the pleading is. Dr. Wright asserted that he does not have a complete list of the public addresses he owned on any date, including December 31, 2013. He further asserted that in 2011 he transferred ownership of all his bitcoin to a blind trust. Although he makes the conclusory statement that it would be unduly burdensome to produce a list of his bitcoin holdings as of December 31, 2013, this conclusion is not supported by facts. 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.”

In February, Wright had told the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that he was indeed the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. At the time he had said, ““My name is Dr. Craig Wright and under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto I completed a project I started in 1997 that was filed with the Australian government in part under an AusIndustry project registered with the Dept. of Innovation as BlackNet.”

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