According to court documents freshly re-leaked on Twitter, Craig Wright has given two widely diverging stories on his history of mining Bitcoin in the early at the turn of the last decade.
When Craig Wright was investigated by the Australian Tax Office, which later entailed a raid of his offices Downunder, he told authorities he had stopped mining in 2011. He told the ATO that he had not liquidated any of his funds and that they were held in trusts based in Singapore and Seychelles.
That was 2014.
Now, years later, Wright changes the important part of the story: when he stopped mining. Wright is on record as telling a federal court in Florida that he quit mining in 2010.
The other part of the story, the location of the trusts that hold his massive Bitcoin wealth, can be explained: perhaps one of the trusts was moved in the meantime.
He also insists that he cannot, under any circumstances, access his Bitcoin hoard before 2020.
Crypto Twitter is abuzz after reading Craig Wright’s testimony.
Wright reportedly cried, threw objects in the court, and risked a contempt charge during his testimony. At one point Wright insisted that there is no such thing as a “public” Bitcoin address .
It’s a reasonable track for Wright to assume that a judge and other outsiders might not have an understanding of blockchain technology. Though, the plaintiffs can call experts to explain why this testimony is patently incorrect.
While saying something absurd is not the same thing as lying or perjury, some suspect the whole charade was a blatant attempt to non-answer questions.
Bitcoin is based on what’s called “public key cryptography” or asymmetric cryptography. In this scheme, a public key corresponds to a private key.
Without the private key, nothing sent to the public key (address) can be manipulated. The same scheme is used in e-mail and other systems.
Therefore, to claim that “public addresses” are non-existent is a beyond weird flex.
If Wright stopped in 2010, as he’s telling the court in Florida, that means he likely has substantially less BTC than the Kleiman estate may presume.
If he stopped in 2011, it’s conceivable that at least a few billion in BTC was mined.
Most estimates of the Satoshi hoard put it around 1 million BTC.