New allegations of falsified messages and documentations are likely to arise in the Craig Wright bitcoin trial following a pretrial testimony that has seen the surfacing of an original court document this week. Jonathan Warren, the developer of the decentralized peer-to-peer messaging system, testified in a pretrial examination in the ongoing Craig vs. Wright lawsuit in which the estate of the late David Kleiman claims it was defrauded of about USD 5 billion of Bitcoin.
Warren spoke of his role in developing Bitmessage and speculated on the possibility that Wright and Kleiman would have had access to the messaging software before it was even released.
Forged document allegations.
The document also brings to light allegations from Warren’s counsel that messages relating to the formation of the Tulip Trust, the fund that allegedly holds the Bitcoin at the center of the fraud accusations would have been forged. Warren was questioned about Bitmessages dated between November 6 and 13, 2012 that had subject titles such as “the trust process,” “regarding the trust process” and “1933”.
He confirms that the primary Bitmessage protocol was not released until November 19 and that these messages were likely faked for their results in court. This would not be the first time Wright who claims to be bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto has been accused of falsifying documents in the trial.
The trial is currently being heard in a South Florida District Court. In the onset of July, Wright and his team failed to produced and were late in presenting several documents requested by the court. However, he did manage to show them, but trial lawyer Stephen Palley accused Wright of fabricating some of the exhibits.
Under the process of cross-examining by Wright’s defense council, Warren was accused of putting forward misleading testimonials that he had not sought help in developing the Bitmessage code. Meanwhile. Warren claims and continued stance that he had not known of Wright before Wright’s public declaration to Satoshi in 2016 was also questioned when it was revealed Warren had been in communication with Wright about an audit of Bitmessage in November 2014.
The trial continues to unravel news and more allegations of falsified evidence, exhibits, and even testimonials. With Wright claiming to be Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, and with wide speculation surrounding the whole matter, it remains to be seen whether these new allegations will hold water in court. It also remains interesting to follow and note whether Wright’s claim to be Nakamoto will influence the direction of the trial in any way.