Craig Wright’s Bitcoin Holdings and Satoshi-Related Paperwork Have Been Sealed by Florida Judge
- Craig Wright is presently in the middle of a legal battle with the estate of Dave Kleiman.
- While Wright was ordered to provide a list of his Bitcoin holdings through a certain point, the judge has sealed the documents.
Craig Wright has been very outspoken and clear about a single statement lately, continuing to claim to be the creator of Bitcoin – Satoshi Nakamoto. Anyone that has taken a moment to peruse this drama on Crypto Twitter can easily find Wright’s threats of legal action and demands for an apology from other people that have claimed that Wright is lying. In fact, the drama has gotten so impactful in the industry that some platforms ended up delisting the Wright-supported Bitcoin SV token as a statement against him.
Recently, one of these legal battles reached the courts, and Wright was ordered to submit a list of Bitcoin holdings he possesses. While so much of Wright’s claims have been highly publicized, the list has been sealed by the Florida-based judge, Bruce Reinhardt. Essentially, that means that the crypto community won’t actually be able to see any of the so-called proof that Wright is who he says.
The list specifically includes all of the Bitcoin that Wright mined before December 31st, 2013, which was issued in response to a motion filed by Dave Kleiman’s estate in March this year. Kleiman formerly was a friend and colleague of Wright before he passed away in 2013, and the estate is made up of a group of family members who say that Wright stole Kleiman’s share of the bitcoin that the twosome mined from 2009 to 2013, which is allegedly around 1.1 million BTC.
In 2018, when the estate decided to sue Wright, the accrued Bitcoin was valued at $10 billion. As the estate sees it, Wright should pay out at least $5 billion to the state, or half of what the value is of the total stash currently. As a result, Wright was ordered to create a list of his Bitcoin holdings or be held in contempt.
It appears that the decision to seal the documents were due to a request by Wright if his need for a similar protective order in April is any indication. However, his former motion for a protective order was denied by the courts, which is probably why Wright had originally refused to provide that documentation. Still, since the files are presently sealed, this is a small victory for Wright.
In February last year, the estate of Kleiman went after Wright through a legal complain, saying that he stole the intellectual property and a large stash of Bitcoin that were rightfully Kleiman’s. The two individuals began collaborating on Bitcoin before anyone even knew what it was in 2008, collectively mining over 1.1 million Bitcoins. Rumors circulated that Kleiman was Satoshi Nakamoto and that Wright was trying to take possession of that identity, since Kleiman clearly cannot contradict the statement. Still, the estate said that it is possible that either one is the Bitcoin creator.
The next court date is going to be in Florida on June 28th. All the public can do now is wait and see how this situation will play out.