Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting personalities within the cryptocurrency space is Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist. He has been embroiled in several scandals over the years, many of which stem from his repeated claims of being Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of bitcoin. This claim has brought him much criticism and mockery from within the industry and earlier this year, he was in yet another scandal the lead to his flagship token bitcoin SV being delisted from many exchanges. Even with all of this, Wright still finds himself in several scandals.
As part of a new development of one of his recent scandals, Wright has presented documents that allegedly claim the origin of the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym which is used for the inventor of bitcoin.
I am Satoshi
According to a December 19, 2019 interview with Modern Consensu, Craig Wright showed an academic article from January 5, 2005, published in JSTOR.
The article makes reference to a man named Nakamoto who lived in Japan in the 18th century along with a handwritten note.
“Nakamoto is the Japanese Adam Smith. Honest Ledger + Micro Cash. Satoshi is Intelligent History. Not too hard,” the note says.
According to him, he chose this pseudonym in honor of Nakamoto and also made reference to John Smith, who is considered the father of modern economics and was asked whether Nakamoto‘s economic ideas were part of the equation.
“In part, yes. He wrote about money and honest money and the rational nature of things. The shogun [feudal ruler] at the time was in financial crisis, and economic austerity. […] I like the description of him, and I got into his brother, Tōka. ‘Nakamoto was upright and quiet but impatient in character’ and I thought: ‘That sounds like me,” he said.
Wright is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the estate of David Kleinman, who is a late computer scientist over claims that Wright stole roughly $5 billion worth of bitcoin from Kleinman before his death. The lawsuit has seen Wright produce false evidence in court, claim he does not have the funds to pay a settlement to the estate and so on.