Craig S. Wright has long claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. He has yet to convince large swaths of the cryptocurrency community primarily because he has failed to supply cryptographic proof.
Tone Vays, a Bitcoin maximalist and subject of occasional derision, is among the unconvinced.
We’re Not All Satoshi Nakamoto
He leveraged his minor celebrity status to get on stage with Wright at this week’s London Blockchain Conference.
Vays then effectively trolled Wright with a shirt that read:
“We are all Satoshi – except Craig S. Wright”
— Giacomo Zucco [I identify as a millpon of boomers] (@giacomozucco) October 15, 2019
Satoshi Nakamoto is well-known to have massive collection of bitcoins. Thus, if he were to assert his real identity, he should be able to prove it by unlocking some of those old coins.
The overwhelming majority of Satoshi’s estimated 1 million coins have never moved.
Craig Wright has sued individuals for refusing to acknowledge him as Satoshi Nakamoto.
One of the precepts of the Bitcoin SV (“Satoshi Vision”) community is that Craig Wright is definitely Satoshi Nakamoto.
At various times, the same people have espoused that it doesn’t matter. In their view, Wright fights for the vision of Satoshi Nakamoto.
To them, following him is as good as Nakamoto.
Crypto Community Redemption
Vays had received some flack for agreeing to attend the conference.
Many of us made the pledge to not attend a conference that invites faketoshi. Yet you still plan to share the same stage with him. Shame
— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) October 14, 2019
A number of Bitcoin personalities have decided to boycott any event that features Craig Wright.
A number of major Bitcoin personalities have declared Wright to be either a “fraud” or otherwise bad.
Wright has launched a number of lawsuits against people including Vitalik Buterin for this very behavior.
Speaking of lawsuits, Wright recently lost one in Florida which alleged he stole a massive amount of bitcoins from deceased computer scientist Dave Kleiman. Some see this as evidence of Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
Some of the addresses Wright claimed ownership of during the trial belong directly to Satoshi Nakamoto.
Wright has repeatedly claimed that the coins are held in trust, and he will have access to them in 2020.
2020 is now just around the corner.