Journalist Subpoenaed In Craig Wright and Dave Kleiman Bitcoin Case After Interview
One of the biggest mysteries in the crypto community has to do with the identity of Bitcoin’s creator, who is known by their pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. Individuals have come out and claimed to be the creators of the leading cryptocurrency, but none of them have been able to produce enough evidence to support their claims.
Craig Wright, one of the people that have come forward and claim to be the creator of Bitcoin, was recently involved in multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Ira Kleiman. Ira is the brother of Wright’s late partner Dave Kleiman.
Ira claimed that Wright was trying to seize Dave’s Bitcoin holdings. While a judge has ruled in favor of Ira and ordered Wright to hand over 50% of the Bitcoin in his possession before 2013 and 50% of the intellectual property held before the same year, Wright could still appeal against the ruling.
Journalist Subpoenaed Because of the Case
Brendan Sullivan, a journalist at Modern Consensus, was served with a subpoena that ordered him to hand over all documents and records in his possession regarding the Wright/Kleiman case. This subpoena came after Sullivan got a scoop on the case and published it before the judge in the matter delivered the verdict.
In the subpoena, Sullivan was ordered to hand over any documents, emails, and communications between him and Craig Wright.
This list includes every single social media conversation that ever happened between Wright and Sullivan, even those that occurred before Bitcoin was invented. The journalist’s WhatsApp messages, texts, encrypted messages signal, recording, and Snapchat messages were all requested in the subpoena.
Sullivan not Handing Over Anything
Sullivan says that he is not going to hand over any of the documents or communications requested in the subpoena. After engaging a lawyer, Sullivan learned that he is protected by what is called the Shield Law. This law recognizes that journalists collect information as part of their job, and they are not obliged to give this information to lawyers.
The information Sullivan has acquired over the years through his conversations with Wright is the journalist’s to do with as he pleases.
If Sullivan, through his conversations with Wright, learned about the identity of the person known in the crypto world as Satoshi Nakamoto, he has no obligation to divulge this information to any lawyer or any courts.
New York courts are famous for the stance when it comes to subpoenas issued to reporters. The state’s courts come with some of the most comprehensive protection for journalists and the information they gather during their investigations. Sullivan has the right to refuse to hand over any records in his possession as requested by the subpoena, and the law is on his side.