Craig Wright claims he only has access to the & # 39; Satoshi & # 39; Bitcoin addresses filed in & # 39; court, despite a message apparently signed by 145 of & # 39; addresses that did not call him "a liar and a fraud".
Wright says anyone who doesn't think his credibility is now in tatters is "as a result," doesn't understand digital signatures.
He is being indicted by the estate of his suspicious former business partner Dave Kleiman, who is seeking a bill of billions of dollars of Bitcoin (BTC) that the couple may have mined together.
As part of the case, Wright has submitted a list of early Bitcoin addresses that he claims to be his. However, on May 24, an unknown actor posted a message, signed with the private keys at 145 addresses on & # 39; s file list. This was practiced by the Kleiman estate to suggest that the high list was a manufacture.
But in an interview with Patrick McLain on the REIMAGINE 2020 YouTube channel on June 3, Wright said, "No message was signed," refuting the idea that anyone could sign such a message anonymously:
& # 39; You must have an identity attribute as an identity to report this issue. Someone can't go and say & # 39; Hey, I have a key — I'm signed & # 39 ;. If you think so, you will not understand digital signatures. "
Wright said that because there was no signature on May 24, "You cannot have a digital signature that is anonymous … It did not sign a message."
Dribble the Pirate Roberts defense
The Kleiman team has argued that the list presented by Wright to the Court was a forgery, and quoted Bitcoin trainer Andreas Antonopoulos in their legal motion saying that no message like the one on May 24 could be signed without private keys .
Wright denied this directly with McLain, saying the claim was the same as Ross Ulbricht's defense of Antonopoulos in Silk Road's case:
"It was not signed (…) that was the defense of Antonopoulos & # 39; Dread Pirate Roberts & # 39; that was removed from & # 39; the pursuit of Silk Road, and said to sign you register a key, and that needs to be protected. "
Last week, Bitcoin developer Rene Pickhardt said it was possible for the signatures to explode: "Of course, security can be compromised and the signatures could only be made for this particular message, but not for potential currency transfers."
Twist and turn
The addresses filed with the court – held by Bitcoin mined between May 10, 2009 and January 10, 2010 – have been under intense scrutiny since they leaked from court documents. On May 20, an unknown party moved $ 486,000 BTC from one of & # 39; s addresses associated with Wright.
The case between Wright and Kleiman is still ongoing, with a trial scheduled for July 6 in the Southern District of Florida.