Bitcoin Developer Jameson Lopp Consolidates All the Wrongs in Craig Wright’s I Am Satoshi Saga

  • Jameson Lopp wrote an editorial to deny Craig Wright’s statements that he is Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • Exposing the true identity of Satoshi might never be safe.

The identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto has been a long-kept secret, ensuring that the cryptocurrency can remain decentralized in the way that it was intended. However, several years ago, Craig Wright announced that he was the creator of Bitcoin, spurring rumors and many naysayers in the process. Jameson Lopp, a Bitcoin developer, hasn’t been deterred, publishing a rare editorial titled “How Many Wrongs Make a Wright?

Introducing his stance with a recollection of the first time Lopp met Wright in 2017, the article discusses why consumers should not believe that Wright is the true identity of Satoshi, publishing the article in Bitcoin Magazine. Lopp has created a treasure trove of research on this subject matter, even teasing the release of the data by posting to Twitter. In lieu of the legal matters at hand, the full research has yet to be launched, but the information that Lopp releases in his article could only have come from said research.

Explaining his case, Lopp said that he looked at the public timestamps recorded on “over 100 blog posts by Wright,” which are dated in 2009 and 2010. Comparing these posts with about 800 timestamps that are publicly available in the form of “emails, forum posts, and code commits by Satoshi” that occurred during the same time.

He says:

“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 is 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.”

The post, which is extensive and long, goes into Wright’s history and Bitcoin’s as well. However, part of the examination is about Wright’s personal history as well. Working alongside the Australian government, Lopp ultimately was able to uncover Wright’s military service, showing that he was in a training program, but his grades were not enough to pass. Even with the information found, nothing actually suggests that he coded for the country’s military as he said.

Lopp poses a question, saying:

“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?”

Another factor that Lop brings up is that Wright has said there is a way to retrieve “burnt” Bitcoins. However, Lopp points out that Wright did not actually show that. Instead, he suggested that the burn address’s private key may be held by Bitmain. Lopp argued that there is not nearly the necessary computing power to actually achieve this action.

There’s certain evidence that Lopp brings up as a way to show exactly the kind of person that Wright is. Some of the sources of “evidence” that Lopp states include:

  • Wright’s “questionable statements and activities”
  • Exaggeration of his credentials from the academic level
  • Technical errors that cause doubt of how much Wright actually understands Bitcoin’s tech
  • The differences between the demeanor and style between Satoshi’s writings and Wright’s

The list continues, as Lopp continues to show examples of the way that Wright’s ego substantially surpasses his intellect. Still, there is an unanswered question that continues to arise – why would even say that he is Satoshi Nakamoto if he does not have the ability to prove it? The pseudonym was created for a reason, and there are even some people who believe that outing the identity of Satoshi would pose a substantial threat. Lopp believes that the only reason for Wright’s claims is for a scam that convinces his followers to give up their money.

Realistically, there is nothing that can compare to the information that Lopp has personally done and published. The full article from Lopp can be viewed on BitcoinMagazine.

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