Litecoin’s Charlie Lee Sets the Record Straight on Alleged Leaked Chat about “No Evidence of Development”


  • Charlie Lee addresses Litecoin having no code commits in 2019
  • Time to shift focus back to development that is MimbleWimble (MW) and Confidential Transactions (CT) but no promises on dates this time
  • There has been a lot of conversation around the lack of Litecoin development and developers in the market.

Recently, a Redditor also posted about what is allegedly a leaked chat from a Telegram chat between Franklin Richards, Director of the Litecoin Foundation, Charlie Lee, Ilir Gashi, among others discussing “no evidence of development” and “lack of transparency.”

The conversation revolves around no progress on the MimbleWimble implementation announced by Lee earlier this year and that

“no one is interested in working on Litecoin protocol development work.”

This stirred a heated conversation in the market, that has Lee stepping up and addressing the situation head-on.

Lee says, the same “FUD” happened last year and would be again repeated in 2020 despite him providing an explanation.

The “FUD” about No Commits

In its 8 years of history, Lee clarifies on Twitter that the project had only

“a handful of core developers working on Litecoin Core.”

He further points out how they purposely kept Litecoin’s Core code very close to Bitcoin’s, as such needing only a lead Litecoin Core developer — currently, Adrain Gallagher (AKA thrasher) who is working behind the scenes — for mergers and code review, testing, and gitian builds.

Lee also addressed the “FUD” about Litecoin having no code commits in 2019 as can be seen on the Litecoin GitHub.

The fact that Litecoin releases lag Bitcoin releases by a few months, is one reason for the same. The other Lee says is that they

“don't work on the master branch of the main project,”

as it is

“not good dev practice to check in non-release code into the master branch.”

Developer Gallagher is actually working on Litecoin Core release 0.18.1 on his personal branch and when that is merged into master, will add all the 2019 commits.

MimbleWimble (MW) and Confidential Transactions (CT) Back into the focus

As for the progress on MimbleWimble (MW) and Confidential Transactions (CT), Lee “got sidetracked with a ton of other things” including adoption and awareness events such as Mammoth Film Festival, Glory Kickboxing, Feel the Kpop concert, Flexa SPEDN support, and the Miami Dolphins.

Adoption and awareness, he says was more “important focus” but MW/CT is equally important in the long run.

However, he didn't “strung people along and tricked them” because Lee points out how he never gave 2019 as an ETA rather that things are moving slowly.

Now, Lee says it’s time to shift focus back to development but he won’t be making any “promises on dates” this time but will work on

“better communication with the community.”

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