Computer scientist Dr. Craig S. Wright is ratcheting up his legal fight against a defamatory campaign led by conflicted crypto critics.
On March 29, Dr. Wright, the individual behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym and part of the team that created Bitcoin, filed legal papers targeting the individual behind the @Hodlonaut Twitter account. Hodlonaut was accused of waging a âtargeted campaignâ to harass and libel Wright with âhighly defamatory and abusive tweets.â
On April 12, Wrightâs attorneys issued similar legal papers to two individuals â Bitcoin podcast host Peter McCormack and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin â and to cryptocurrency blog Chepicap, all of which he accuses of making similarly defamatory claims that Wright is a fraud for claiming to be Satoshi.
Conveniently enough, mere hours before his papers arrived, McCormack publicly (via Twitter) âdemandedâ to be the target of such a lawsuit. McCormack subsequently told his Twitter followers that the letter from Wrightâs attorneys was ânonsense,â repeated his âFaketoshiâ slur against Wright and invited Wrightâs attorneys to âplease proceed with court proceedings.â As for that latter quote, word has it that McCormack’s request will be granted on Monday.
Buterin has so far said little publicly about receiving his letter, while Chepicap has posted a few dismissive articles that primarily referenced the other recipients. All of those who received letters on Friday have been given until April 23 to make formal responses, after which Wright will decide whether to proceed with libel and harassment suits.
Wrightâs aim in targeting individuals and sites alleging fraud is to counter the ongoing dissemination of âproofsâ that purport to show the falsity of his claim to the Satoshi mantle. These incorrect or invalid proofs, often cherry picked from documents that may or may not have originated from Wright, along with other hearsay and fabric...