Craig Wright, the Australian computer scientist could not comply with the court order that demands him to provide a list of all his early bitcoin (BTC) addresses in order to prove himself as the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, Bloomberg reported on June 28.
The United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida ordered Wright to produce a list of all the bitcoin he mined prior to Dec. 31, 2013, on May 3, however, it seems that Wright failed to disclose his bitcoin holdings per court order.
The ruling was made in response to a motion filed in March 2019 by the estate of Dave Kleiman. Kleiman was a cyber-security expert, believed to be one of the first developers behind bitcoin and blockchain technology. A colleague and friend of Craig Wright, Kleiman died in 2013.
His estate claims that Wright “forged a series of contracts that purported to transfer Dave’s assets to Craig and/or companies controlled by him. Craig backdated these contracts and forged Dave’s signature on them.” As per the filing, he stole Kleiman’s share of the 1.1 million bitcoin they mined together between 2009 and 2013. A stash worth of $10 billion in 2018, at the time of Kleiman’s estate, sued Wright. The estate demands half the value of the Wright/Kleiman bitcoin stash or at least $5 billion from Wright.
Earlier this month, judge Bruce Reinhart sealed the list of bitcoin holdings that Craig Wright was compelled to submit on June 17 following the order he issued previous week. But it seems that Wright could not submit the documents after all. As for Wright, he claims to have given a key piece of information regarding the funds and wallets to Kleiman, before his sudden demise. This has made it difficult for him to locate the digital wallets or the funds they purportedly hold.
While Wright still maintains his claims that he is the creator of bitcoin. In fact, he even went on to file U.S. copyright registrations for the bitcoin white paper. As per Wright, he decided to stop working on bitcoin in 2010, adding:
“I brought in Dave because he was a friend and he knew who I was and he was a forensic expert and I wanted to wipe everything I had to do with bitcoin from the public record.”
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