Craig Wright, the chief scientist of blockchain startup nChain who once claimed to be bitcoin's pseudonymous creator, has filed a motion in U.S. federal court to dismiss a billion-dollar lawsuit filed against him. As previously reported, Wright is being sued by Ira Kleiman, filed the lawsuit in February on …
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Deconomy, an international blockchain forum, is taking place in Seoul, South Korea, from April 3 to 4 at the Walkerhill Hotel. Organizers have looked to bring audiences the “brightest entrepreneurs, thought leaders, investors, developers, academic and policy groups, and blockchain enthusiasts” to present and discuss the biggest topics within the blockchain industry.Among the event’s many speakers was Craig S. Wright,…
Forget the debate about whether bitcoin is a store of value or a currency. What everyone can agree upon is that it is a store of drama. And where there is drama in bitcoin over the last couple of years, Australian computer guru Craig Wright is often in the thick of it. Filed on Valentine’s Day and released yesterday, Mr. Wright is being sued for upwards of 5 billion dollars by the estate of his former business partner, now deceased David Kleiman. At issue are hundreds of thousands of bitcoin…
Kleiman, who died in 2013, was a forensic computer analyst, author of multiple books on IT security, and supposedly involved in the invention of Bitcoin. In 2011, he established a company called W&K Info Defense Research LLC in Florida with Wright. The duo allegedly held 1.1 million Bitcoins between …
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In the infamous "leak" published by gizmodo and supposedly outing Craig Wright as Satoshi, there is an email that – if true – would be a real bomb.
it is dated march 12th 2008 and it reads:
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…
You are always there for me Dave. I want you to be part of it all.
I cannot release it as me. GMX, Vistomail and Tor. I need your help and I need a version of me to make this work that is better than me.
This mail wants to show that the early idea of bitcoin came from Wright to Kleiman, and not the other way around.
Needless to say, it is extremely suspect.
One thing I have found is that not only it is suspect, but it is provably false.
The domain information-defense.com from which this email supposedly originates (the sender is email@example.com ) was only registered by Wright on jan 23rd 2009, when he registered the Australian company "Information Defense PTY".
BTW, this was just a couple weeks after the blockchain started, and this company is somehow the predecessor of the similarly named American company "W & K Info Defence Ltd" controlled by Kleiman and later passed back to Wright.
The fact is, I believe "Information Defense PTY" is indeed related to bitcoin mining, but I think it's pretty likely that Wright forged that email in order to establish a priority over Kleiman.
That domain wasn't his in march 2008.
Gizmodo explains the problem saying:
pointing to the likelihood that its registration lapsed and was later renewed, which would explain the discrepancy
but this just does not hold, in light of an historical whois search
On Aug 25, 2007 the registrant was a "John W#####ck, 26 New Lane S####n, NY 11784-3304 US" and expiry date was 15-Mar-2008. (edited to protect privacy of previous owner)
On may 27th, 2008 the domain was listed in a list of domains in pending-delete state: https://web.archive.org/web/20151226101620/http://www.expire.cc/2008/05/27
The domain probably expired, and on Jun 1, 2008 the domain owner was "eNom, Inc. on behalf of eNom, Inc. Customer TBD eNom Customer TBD eNom Customer (firstname.lastname@example.org)"
Enom is a registrar, who had a "back-ordering" service for expired domains" this appears to be an ownership used by Enom for "domain tasting" ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_tasting )
Only on jan 23rd 2009 the domain was bought by Wright (presumably he got it from eNom) and shortly later archive.org shows a site for the first time: https://web.archive.org/web/20090216141126/http://information-defense.com:80/
So, I think that email is a provable forgery.
For the skepticals: the historical whois of the domain can be ordered for $ 49 from domaintools.com . I am not going to publish the report's PDF because its copyright status is unclear.
In the infamous “leak” published by gizmodo and supposedly outing Craig Wright as Satoshi, there is an email that – if true – would be a real bomb. it is dated march 12th 2008 and it reads: 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… You are always there for me Dave. I want you to be part of it all. I cannot release it as me. GMX, Vistomail and Tor. I need your help and I need a version…
Dave Kleiman’s estate just filed a claim against Craig Wright. The lawsuit was filed by Boies Schiller Flexner lawyers Devin "Velvel" Freedman (https://www.bsfllp.com/lawyers/velvel-devin-freedman.html) and Kyle Roche (https://www.bsfllp.com/lawyers/kyle-roche.html). It claims that shortly after Dave' death, Craig employed an elaborate scheme to steal between 550K and 1.1M bitcoins and other intellectual property owned by W&K Info Defense Research LLC – a Florida company Dave owned.
The complaint publishes documents evidencing a long history between Craig and Dave, including documents demonstrating their early involvement in Bitcoin mining. Interestingly, while the complaint discusses Craig’s claim to be Satoshi, it seems to really focus on evidence Craig and Dave mined bitcoin – as Satoshi’s identity is irrelevant to whether Craig stole from Dave.
Craig’s twitter silence is deafening…
Complaint: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445546/Bitcoin-Lawsuit Exhibit 1: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n13/andrew-ohagan/the-satoshi-affair Exhibit 2: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445131/Exhibit-2 Exhibit 3: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445130/Exhibit-3 Exhibit 4: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445139/Exhibit-4 Exhibit 5: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445132/Exhibit-5 Exhibit 6: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445133/Exhibit-6 Exhibit 7: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445134/Exhibit-7 Exhibit 7A: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445135/Exhibit-7A Exhibit 8: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445137/Exhibit-8 Exhibit 9: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445138/Exhibit-9 Exhibit 10: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445144/Exhibit-10 Exhibit 11: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445141/Exhibit-11 Exhibit 12: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445140/Exhibit-12 Exhibit 13: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445151/Exhibit-13 Exhibit 14: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445147/Exhibit-14 Exhibit 15: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445142/Exhibit-15 Exhibit 16: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445145/Exhibit-16 Exhibit 17: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445146/Exhibit-17 Exhibit 18: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445149/Exhibit-18 Exhibit 19: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445148/Exhibit-19 Exhibit 20: https://www.scribd.com/document/372445150/Exhibit-20