“Craig Wright is a Liar and A Fraud” Says Real Owner of Bitcoin Address Submitted by Wright
A message posted to Memo, a Bitcoin social network, has proven that one of the Bitcoin addresses claimed by Craig Wright isn’t really owned by him. The address in the message is one of those officially submitted by Wright in the current Kleiman v. Wright suit. It has also been proven that even though the address once held more than $160,000 Bitcoins, it does not and never did belong to the Bitcoin SV creator or even the real Satoshi Nakamoto.
The estate of Dave Kleiman has sued Wright since last year accusing him of unlawfully keeping a huge part of Kleiman’s rightful funds to himself. The amount of funds in the case exceeds $11 billion as described in the suit which came from Wright and Kleiman’s erstwhile business partnership. An “Exhibit 11” which was one of the documents included as evidence and submitted to a Florida court, contains a few Bitcoin addresses supposedly used in a trust that was held somewhere in the UK. According to documents, there is a mention of “regulatory issues” that dictate the future of the funds in the trust. It says that the funds have to be intact until said issues have a conclusive resolution.
Not too long after the case was made public, WizSec Security – a group of bitcoin security specialists – made a publication which called into question, the validity of the addresses. The publication was called
“Kleiman v. Craig Wright: The bitcoins that never were.”
WizSec notes in the report that some of the addresses were used for cold storage for Mt. Gox while others were just traders who accumulated a large amount of the asset. The WizSec conclusion had it that those particular addresses were only used because of their history of holding very large quantities.
One of the addresses has now been proven to belong to an unknown user and not Satoshi or Wright. The message posted anonymously read:
“Address 16cou7Ht6WjTzuFyDBnht9hmvXytg6XdVT does not belong to Satoshi or to Craig Wright. Craig is a liar and a fraud.”
The message was also signed properly using the signature of the owner and it contains a hash which proves beyond doubt, that the address which used to have more than $160,000 was owned by the anonymous person. This was further verified by many Bitcoin and blockchain specialists who corroborated the legitimacy.
This address was mentioned in two different documents in the case – Exhibit 11 and Exhibit 4. The latter describes a conversation between Wright himself and Wright’s attorney where the attorney swore by an oath that
“On 11 October 2013, Mr. Wright came into my office and showed me his HTC mobile phone (Wright mobile.)….On the screen of the Wright mobile, I viewed and verified the following Bitcoin wallet addresses:…”
The document then lists five different Bitcoin wallet addresses, the last of which is the one stated above.
Anyone who has the correct private key can prove ownership of a bitcoin address and if someone else has proven it, then it shows beyond a reasonable doubt, that this is a major inconsistency in Wright’s claim.
An account on twitter simply known as Jameson Lopp (@lopp) has also substantiated the claim that Wright and his attorney were both being deceitful about the addresses submitted to the court. This account is rumored to be controlled by Roger Ver. Even though Ver has not claimed ownership of the account, his own official @rogerkver account has posted a video showing him saying the exact words used on Twitter and on Memo in the exact order
“Craig Wright is a liar and a fraud.”
In the video, ending the same phrase, he adds
“so sue me, again.”
Ver, the CEO of Bitcoin.com and Wright’s former business partner, is a vocal figure in the crypto sphere who has been known to openly express his criticisms in the past. Very recently, Wright hit a Ver with a lawsuit proclaiming libel as he is known to do with anyone who disagrees with his claim to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto.