New Zealand programmer Phil Wilson has claimed to be part of the team comprising Satoshi Nakamoto, alongside Craig Wright and Dave Kleinman. Despite Wilson writing a detailed origin story of Bitcoin, former Bitcoin developer Wright has publicly denounced these claims as a fraud.

Wright has already come out publicly and claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, going as far as meeting with Bitcoin Foundation Founder Gavin Andresen, and proving his claims by signing a message with one of Satoshi’s private keys. However, the Bitcoin community has largely not been convinced, especially since the signed message was never shared publicly.

More evidence comes from a court case in Florida involving the estate of Kleinman versus Wright. In the case there is a plethora of evidence indicating that Kleinman and Wright invented Bitcoin and then mined 1.1 million Bitcoins together.

Now, Wilson is saying he worked with the two and claims it was his project that ultimately turned into Bitcoin. According to him, the duo were developing electronic cash and it wasn’t successful. Wilson created the Bitcoin project, which Wright and Kleinman joined later, to collectively be known as Satoshi Nakamoto.

Wilson asserts that he deleted all evidence that he was Satoshi to avoid government prosecution and there is no way for him to prove that his story is true. Wright says Wilson is a fraudster, scammer, extortionist, and he is a ‘scam-toshi’, and had no involvement in Bitcoin’s development.

Further, Wright says hard drives were stolen in 2015 containing info about Bitcoin’s early development, and Wilson obtained this stolen data. Wright says “easter eggs” of incorrect information were kept in the hard drives just in case they were stolen, and Wilson’s story includes critical mistakes due to these easter eggs.

It doesn’t really matter what’s true and what’s false, since Bitcoin is decentralized, and the only thing that matters is that it was created and it is functioning.


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