Craig Wright is dealing with a lawsuit right now in Florida, which seems to be somewhat attached to his claims of being the mysterious creator of Bitcoin – Satoshi Nakamoto. The lawsuit is worth billions of dollars, and the Kleiman family is accusing him of misappropriating that amount in Bitcoin, based on a partnership that happened several years ago. The discovery meeting transcript from March 29th reveals some interesting information surrounding the case.
Ira Kleiman, the brother of the late David Kleiman, said that David’s inheritances was manipulated, based on a partnership with Wright that lasted several years. In February 2018, there was a case field against Wright that said that he defrauded David, surrounding a stash of 1.1 million BTC. The case has continued this year, despite efforts to get the case dismissed. This week, the discovery transcript reveals how complicated their relationship really was.
The discovery meeting is now tied in with one of the most interesting Bitcoin lawsuits so far. The court has asked Wright’s counsel directly if he did collaborate with Kleiman during Bitcoin’s development. The attorney’s explained that Kleiman “assisted in editing the protocol related to Bitcoin,” but insisted he was independent of the creation of Bitcoin. The judge followed this question with asking if the two individuals jointly mined the crypto asset and co-owned cryptocurrencies, which the attorneys stated he did not. Furthermore, Wright’s attorney insists that the intellectual property rights to Bitcoin or the Bitcoin protocol were not held by Kleiman.
During legal discussions, the issues that Wright has faced with the Australian Tax Office also arose, pointing out that the ATO may still be investigating the collaboration between Wright and Kleiman. The discovery transcript adds that there are many documents that David left behind that may apply. Right now, there are thousands of documents that were jointly held by David, Ira, and the W&K Info Defense Research business.
The discovery hearing also led to a discussion on the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym, and how Wright has continually claimed to be the true identity. At this point, there is no concrete evidence to show that those claims are real, and the new discovery transcript brings some information to light about the actual intention of Wright in making the claims.
Kleiman’s lawyer spoke about London Review of Books author Andrew O’Hagan, who penned an article that was ultimately titled “The Satoshi Affair.” O’Hagan had hours of discussion with Wright as he described his invention of Bitcoin. The plaintiffs, based on this information, came to the conclusion that Wright only made these claims for the “celebrity status,” and to allow him to “sell his intellectual property that Satoshi Nakamoto created for billions of dollars.” In the opinion of the plaintiffs, these details are definitely “relevant” to the proceedings that involve Wright, and that Kleiman was involved with Wright’s work on the original cryptocurrency.
On Thursday, April 4th, Wright will be deposed by Kleiman’s lawyers, and will be under oath at that time. At that time, the attorney plans to depose Ira Kleiman too, and the court will reconvene once both of these depositions are complete. The judge indicated that the plaintiff’s counsel can speak with write about his communications with the author to verify any of the information in the findings.
The case that is presently going on right now is so much broader than any of the previous cases associated with BTC, since the creation of Bitcoin is a major concept involved. Furthermore, the lawsuit began many years after Ira was appointed David’s beneficiary prior to his death from complications with MRSA.
There are many people in the community that believe that this case will settle the curiosity over whether Wright is actually Nakamoto. The fact remains that there are no facts, and nothing has been proven in any other capacity, so the mystery could still remain.