Craig Wright, nChain’s Chief Scientist and the person behind Bitcoin SV (BSV), is again in the news due to a recent lawsuit that was filed against him and worth billions of dollar. Ira Kleiman decided to sue Mr. Wright on behalf of his brother, Dave Kleiman, claiming that Wright manipulated and defrauded him.
The lawsuit explains that Dave Kleiman died in 2013 and Wright stole his Bitcoins. Wright’s attorney explains that Kleiman didn’t hold the intellectual property rights to Bitcoin or the Bitcoin protocol. Some people believe that Kleiman could have been Satoshi Nakamoto.
It is worth mentioning that Craig Wright and David Kleiman worked together at W&K Info Defense Research LLC. When David died in 2013, Craig “unlawfully and without permission took control of the Bitcoins from the Estate and from W&K.” These funds could have been from the company or simply from Mr. Kleiman.
Although the number of BTC involved has not been unveiled, the document shows that the estate is entitled to at least 300,00 BTC. As there were different hard forks in the last years, the forked assets are also in dispute.
A few days ago, on April 4, 2019, Craig Wright's deposition was conducted in the United Kingdon, in the city of London. There, both parties contacted the Court by telephone in order to resolve some of the issues that arose during the deposition.
The Court’s orders show that there were five rulings, one of them reads as follows:
“Dr. Wright declined to answer certain questions based on alleged national security concerns. The Court deferred ruling on this issue to allow the parties to brief the issue, including providing evidence that the United States Government joins in the national security objection.”
He has also denied the number of Bitcoins that they have mined between 2009 and 2010. He has also did not mention whether David knew about the Bitcoins mined or not.