WikiLeaks Exposes Craig Wright’s Lies as Nakamoto Saga Hits Peak ‘Faketoshi’

The comedy of errors that is Craig Wright’s attempt to convince the world that he is Satoshi Nakamoto took another turn this week, when WikiLeaks dropped a batch of documents showing his dishonest retrofitting of Bitcoin documentation.

WikiLeaks vs Craig Wright

Wright released a Medium post last week where he told the world once again that he was the real Satoshi Nakamoto. In the post he also gives some more vague reasons as to why he just won’t move some of Satoshi’s BTC from his original address. And more importantly, he took time to take a swing at WikiLeaks.

I do not like Wikileaks, and I have never been a fan of Assange’s methods. More importantly, I am strongly opposed to criminal markets and bucket shops. Ross Ulbricht and others like him are criminals.”

Fast forward a few days and WikiLeaks responded. This batch of documents was released to Github on February 11th, and announced via Twitter with the following message:

Craig S. Wright is a proven serial forger of documents claiming that he is the inventor of Bitcoin. He has been repeatedly caught. This has been independently verified by WikiLeaks at the time of his first claim and subsequently.”

The documents show evidence of Craig Wright’s long history of forgeries and lies, including his failed attempts to fake blog posts by the original Satoshi, and thwarted attempts to fake PGP keys, public keys, and contracts and emails.

Project BlackNet

Screenshot of Craig Wright’s tweet.

The comedy stylings of Craig S. Wright got even more surreal on Feb 10th, when he released this screenshot of a paper he supposedly submitted to the Australian government in 2001.

The paper, titled ‘Project BlackNet’, details you know what… Craig Wright’s early sketchings of his ideas for Bitcoin, nearly a decade before Bitcoin was invented.

Within hours of the claims, inquisitive internet detectives had taken them apart, and supplemented their takedown with multiple examples of photographic evidence, like this one which showed Wright’s amateurish attempts to echo the writing style of Satoshi Nakamoto based on the Bitcoin whitepaper.

Side-by-side comparison of Wright’s paper and the original drafts.

But what Wright didn’t seem to realise was that an earlier draft of the Bitcoin whitepaper was already in existence, from around August 2008. In the end, Wright’s forgery contained all the changes and rewrites present in the October 2008 version, meaning his plans were doomed from the start.

Why Does He Persist?

Speculation as to why Craig Wright continues to push the idea that he is Satoshi Nakamoto proves to be varied. Without delving too deep into the personal life of Craig Wright, many have accused the Bitcoin SV backer of attempting to ease his own financial worries by drawing investors towards ‘Satoshi’s Vision’.

Others say this is just another chapter in the long history of Craig Wright’s obsession with fortune and fame. To borrow a turn of phrase from a humble redditor: ‘This is peak Faketoshi’.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Greg Thomson is a freelance writer who contributes to leading cryptocurrency and blockchain publications like CCN, Hacked, and others.