Craig Wright's Claim as Satoshi Nakamoto Falls Apart in UK Court

UK Court Unmasks Craig Wright: Satoshi Nakamoto Claim Is a Fraud!

by Faruk Imamovic
Craig Wright's Claim as Satoshi Nakamoto Falls Apart in UK Court
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Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin, has been found guilty of lying extensively in a UK court case regarding his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto. According to a written judgment by Judge James Mellor, Wright's evidence, both written and oral, was riddled with lies and forged documents. The ruling is a significant blow to Wright, who has long asserted his identity as the mysterious creator of Bitcoin.

Judge Mellor’s decision came after a meticulous examination of the evidence presented during the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) trial. "I am entirely satisfied that Dr. Wright lied to the Court extensively and repeatedly," Mellor stated. He added that most of Wright's falsehoods were related to documents he had forged to support his claim.

The Legal Battle and Its Implications

The trial, initiated by COPA in 2021, began on February 5 and focused on accusations of forgery and perjury against Wright. COPA, an organization dedicated to promoting the adoption of cryptocurrency and protecting it from legal threats, includes high-profile backers such as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and crypto exchange Coinbase. COPA sought to challenge Wright’s claim to the Nakamoto identity and prevent him from continuing to sue members of the crypto community.

Judge Mellor's judgment was unequivocal. "Dr. Wright is not the person who adopted or operated under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto in the period 2008 to 2011. Dr. Wright is not the person who created the Bitcoin System, and he is not the author of the initial versions of the Bitcoin software," he concluded. This definitive statement marks a victory for COPA and the broader crypto industry, which has often been targeted by Wright’s legal actions.

Following the ruling, Wright expressed his intention to appeal. "I want to thank those of you who sent me messages of support yesterday. I await the written judgment at which point I will consider my options for appeal," he posted on X (formerly Twitter) in March. Despite the possibility of an appeal, the judgment represents a significant setback for Wright and a moment of relief for the crypto community.

Future Actions and Potential Consequences

COPA has indicated that it will seek several injunctions to prevent Wright from claiming to be Nakamoto and pursuing further legal actions against Bitcoin developers. Additionally, the alliance has hinted at the possibility of requesting UK prosecutors to consider perjury charges against Wright for his statements during the trial.

Judge Mellor's judgment also highlighted Wright's pattern of abusive legal behavior in other jurisdictions. "Dr. Wright’s attempts to prove he was/is Satoshi Nakamoto represent a most serious abuse of this Court’s process. The same point applies to other jurisdictions as well: Norway in particular," Mellor noted. Wright has been involved in a nearly five-year-long legal battle with Norwegian bitcoiner Hodlonaut.

In March, Mellor imposed a worldwide freezing order on £6 million ($7.6 million) worth of Wright's assets to prevent him from moving them offshore or evading the costs from the COPA trial. COPA's costs for the case amounted to £6.7 million at the time, a significant sum that underscores the financial stakes involved in this prolonged legal confrontation.