Australian programmer and talented cryptographer, Craig S. Wright, has long been a polarizing figure in the crypto community. Years ago, he gave the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) insight into his personal light, claiming that he could prove that he was the creator of Bitcoin, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto.
Years later, he’s tried the same move. This time, he’s doing his utmost to convince the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) that he is the real Satoshi.
Craig Wright Doubles-Down On Claiming the Satoshi Title
Over recent weeks, key groups, companies, and participants in the crypto ecosystem have sent in comments to the CFTC regarding this nascent industry. ConsenSys, Coinbase, and ErisX are among the notable groups that have submitted documents.
While this was all well and good, many were shocked to see Wright contribute to the one-way discussion.
In a comment submitted not days ago, the Australian cryptographer explained that he started Bitcoin in 1997, before taking up the pseudonym “Satoshi Nakamoto.” Wright went on to mention that the misunderstanding of technology ‘he’ created has resulted in “widespread misinformation and dissemination of old scams.”
Regardless, this was beside the point, as many took issue with his claim to fame. PlanB, a crypto researcher, noted that “FUD” comments that Wright has made publicly directly contradict statements made by Satoshi himself. This, of course, may disqualify him from being a contender to the well-regarded seat of Satoshi.
Craig Wright FUD: "There is no such thing as a validating node nor for the concept of democratized decentralization. The myth of decentralization has been spread with the sole concept of enabling illegal markets to exist." https://t.co/H73hUjefg4
— planB (@100trillionUSD) February 17, 2019
Others have taken this debacle more in jest. Cobra, the co-owner of the Bitcoin.org domain, joked that if Craig Wright ever proves that he is decidedly Satoshi, he would “literally eat” John McAfee’s manhood.
If Craig Wright ever proves with a signature that he's Satoshi, I'll literally eat John McAfee's cooked dick.
— Cøbra (@CobraBitcoin) February 12, 2019
This is, of course, in evident reference to the cybersecurity guru’s comment that if Bitcoin doesn’t reach $1,000,000 by 2020’s end, he would eat his family jewels. I am Nomad, a leading industry personality, noted that lying to the CFTC is a “jailable offense,” subsequently joking that Wright’s inflammatory comment “may actually be a good thing.”
lieing to the cftc is a jailable offense. this may actually be a good thing. https://t.co/snQVoGt9qv
— I am Nomad (@IamNomad) February 17, 2019
WikiLeaks Calls Out “Faketoshi”
This recent debacle comes after WikiLeaks, the non-profit organization that publishes game-changing leaked documents, called out Wright on its well-followed Twitter.
WikiLeaks recently took to Twitter to bash Craig Wright for claiming that Bitcoin, which he deemed was his own “corrupted child,” is inherently pro-state movement. Citing internet archives, WikiLeaks added that he’s a “proven serial forger of documents,” even noting that its editors and research team have independently verified that many of Wright’s claims to fame are bogus.
Specifically, the group cited an old 2008 blog post published by Wright, which the Australian cryptographer altered to claim that he was working on a “cryptocurrency paper.”
Yet, in spite of all the aforementioned rebuttals, Wright still seems to be convinced that he can persuade the public into thinking that he is Satoshi. For all I know, he could be. But considering the raison d’etre that Wright touts, some aren’t all too convinced.