• Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist, has been trying to prove he is the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.
• Wright has filed various lawsuits and attempted to present evidence to back up his claim, but so far he has not been successful.
• On Wednesday, Wright seemed to suggest he was putting the court crusade to rest and will now focus on his family and seeing his ideas come to fruition.
Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist, has been trying to prove he is the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, for the past six years. It all began in 2016, when he wrote a blog post claiming he was Bitcoin’s inventor, though the evidence he provided was questionable. Ever since, Wright has been fighting a multi-year effort, trying to convince courts that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. He has filed various lawsuits containing accusations ranging from libel to copyright infringement.
Most recently, a judge has unequivocally stated that “[i]t is important to be clear that Dr. Wright has not established that he is Satoshi” in the final judgment in a defamation case between Wright and podcast personality Peter McCormack. This latest blow seemed to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Wright took to Twitter to announce his change of heart.
“I have been too angry for too long, as I cared for external validation. That ends,” he tweeted. “The only validation I seek now is from my family. The rest is no longer important.” Wright then went on to say that he no longer cares what other people think, and that his vision is his goal. He vowed to never stop working to achieve it.
Although Wright may be ratcheting down his court crusade, he does not seem to be backing away from his claim to be Satoshi anytime soon. Creator of Bitcoin is still proudly displayed on his Twitter profile and website. Whether he will ever be able to back up his claim with concrete proof remains to be seen.