Vitalik Buterin and Craig Wright: More Satoshi Proof Documents Posted Online in Comments?
Vitalik Buterin and Craig Wright are two of the best-known figures in the crypto community. In its most original form, if Craig ‘Satoshi' Wright is indeed proven to-be thee Mr. Nakamoto (given more documents coming out via twitter comments that highlight the lawsuit as well as alleged emails (from currently unknown sources) are shown and posted below) it would setup an BTC/BCH vs ETH creator dialogue that might do the whole crypto ecosystem of some benefit. If we can get back on topic if there is one, is that the debate would be between Bitcoin's Creator vs Ethereum's Creator which currently make up 66% of the market and over 70% if bitcoin cash is calculated in.
Over the past week, the two have been publicly feuding on social media. That feud came to a head today with more name-calling and controversy on Twitter.
Craig Wright, who has publicly claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto in the past, has been involved in a dispute over Bitcoin Cash (BCH) in recent weeks. BCH is split into two camps ahead of the scheduled November hard fork. Craig Wright has faced criticism for his support of higher blocksize limits.
Vitalik Buterin, who has no major connection to Bitcoin Cash, has discussed the controversy on Twitter over the past week. It’s safe to say the Ethereum co-founder and Craig Wright do not get along.
In April, Buterin called Craig Wright a “fraud”. He then voiced his opinion saying the now defunct Bitconnect symbol BCC should now be known as Bitcoin Craig. Its clear Buterin doesn’t seem to believe that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto and even if he were, well the let us know how he felt about that too.
In a tweet earlier today, Buterin took a swipe at Craig Wright once again.
“Craig has nearly 20 university degrees and Vitalik has none…I rest my case on who invented the internet.”
Vitalik Buterin retweeted that tweet although he didn’t directly respond to it. In the replies to the tweet, one user asked how foolish BCH supporters will feel when they learn that CSW isn’t the real Satoshi Nakamoto. In response, another user tweeted the opposite:
“If the real Satoshi reveals himself one day and it turns out to be CSW [Craig S Wright], how foolish will you look?”
This is when Vitalik Buterin decided to weigh in with a devastating blow:
If I see indisputable evidence that CSW is Satoshi, it would change my opinion of Satoshi more than it would change my opinion of CSW.
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) August 25, 2018
“If I see indisputable evidence that CSW is Satoshi, it would change my opinion of Satoshi more than it would change my opinion of CSW.”
Craig Wright didn’t let the attack go unnoticed, tweeting, “Oh…butt hurt” in reply.
Yes, these are two of the largest figures in the crypto community behaving like schoolchildren at recess yet both carry a lot of community guidance if directed in the right way.
Craig Wright Dismisses Idea of a Livestream Debate
In response to the tweets above, our team had a bold proposal: instead of feuding online, why not hold a livestream debate? We would all love to see Craig Wright and Vitalik Buterin debate head-to-head in a livestream for everyone to see.
Craig Wright dismissed our proposal, however. In a reply, Wright claimed that the debate would be between “Proof of Work (BCH)” and “Proof of No Scale (ETH)”. It looks like we’ll have to wait on that debate for now.
Is Craig Wright Satoshi Nakamoto? More Proof Posted Online
A large part of this controversy rests on the idea that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto. On the one side, there are people who believe Craig Wright was part of the core team that created bitcoin and the man behind the Satoshi Nakamoto identity online. On the other side, you have people who call Craig Wright a fraud who is unable to provide adequate proof.
Things got interesting earlier today. In the replies to the tweet above, one user consolidated proof that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, posting a series of documents online showing that Craig Wright could certainly be Satoshi. Taken from the 2018 lawsuit are the first few and uncertain of the source or screenshot of the documentcloud.org
None of the documents appear to be new. Instead, they seem to be part of the public documents revealed in the court case between Craig and Dave Naismith, Craig’s former business partner and part of the team that allegedly created bitcoin. Nevertheless, the documents seem to provide convincing proof that Craig Wright is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto.
Some of the information revealed in the documents include:
One document details an email sent in March 2008 from Craig Wright to Dave Naismith. The email was revealed as part of the ongoing court case between Naismith and Wright:
“In March 2008, just a few months before Satoshi’s paper on the bitcoin protocol was published, Craig wrote Dave an email stating: “I need your help editing a paper I am going to release later this year. I have been working on a new form of electronic money. Bit cash, Bitcoin… [y]ou are always there for me Dave. I want you to be part of it all.”
Satoshi Nakamoto published the bitcoin whitepaper online a few months later in October 2008.
Documents revealed in that court case also show that Craig and Dave worked on bitcoin together throughout the year:
“After leaving his job in late 2008, Craig wrote to Dave: “I need your help. You edited my paper and now I need to have you aid me build this idea….For the next few months, Craig and Dave worked to get Bitcoin operational.”
The court case also revealed an email sent by Craig Wright to Dave Naismith’s 94-year old father. In the email, Craig was attempting to gain access to Dave’s wallet.dat file:
“Your son Dave and I are two of the three key people behind bitcoin…If you have any of Dave’s computer systems, you need to save a file named “wallet.dat”. I will explain what this is later. Please understand, I do not seek anything other than to give you information about your son.”
Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoins Are Held in a Trust Until January 2020
The final piece of information revealed in the tweet from today shows something interesting: it suggests Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoins might be held in a trust until January 1, 2020.
The tweet features a screenshot of a document posted on DocumentCloud.org. We can’t verify the legitimacy of that document. However, if true, the document suggests that Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoins are held in a trust until January 1, 2020.
This could be the reason why Craig Wright is unable to provide sufficient proof that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. It could also be the reason why those bitcoins have never moved.
The document reveals an agreement between Dave Kleiman to transfer bitcoins into a trust:
“I, Dave Kleiman have received 1,100,111 Bitcoin from Craig Wright (of [redacted], NSW, Australia). At the time of transfer this is valued at around $100,000 USD.
I will form a trust to be managed by at least three people but not more than seven at any time.
All bitcoin will be returned to Dr Wright on Jan 01st 2020.
The return will be in the form of a return of control of a company to Dr. Wright. The company…trust will be managed and held in the Seychelles. This will be designated by “Tulips” and…that was noted to have not been a bubble but…”
Satoshi Nakamoto purportedly amassed a stash of around 1 million bitcoins during the early days of the bitcoin network. Satoshi was one of the first miners on the network.
Hundreds of Additional Satoshi Proof Documents Could Be Posted Online
The user who posted the images mentioned above claims to have more proof that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto:
“Got hundreds of more if you want,” said the user, @JynGyu, in response to our official Twitter account. Nevertheless, JynGyu claims the documents are “not for today”.
Could Craig Wright be waiting until January 2020 to publicly prove that he is Satoshi Nakamoto? It’s certainly possible – especially if Satoshi’s bitcoins are indeed held in a trust.
Ultimately, so much of this controversy surrounds the identity of Craig Wright. If Craig Wright is able to move some of Satoshi Nakamoto’s original bitcoins, then it could change the community’s opinion of him. Vitalik Buterin, as revealed today, however, doesn’t seem to care.
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