Controversial tech entrepreneur and Bitcoin developer Craig Wright is fed up of defending his claim to be the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin – the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto – on social media and instead has resolved to take the debate to court. This week, the billionaire supporter of Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) made good of his threat to popular podcaster crypto podcaster Peter McCormack of suing him if he does not cease defaming Wright on Twitter.
Earlier this week, Wright sent cease and desist letters to McCormack and Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin. Buterin has not yet been sued but there is a high probability that he will.
“I have said for a long time: ‘Challenge the science, not personalities.’ But that has been apparently impossible, so I’ve reluctantly had to take this step so that we can move on a ‘get back to the science,’ where I happily and openly debate ideas and concepts.”
His idea of engaging in a civilized debate can only be found in the corridors of justice. Court files reveal that he is filing for damages of close to $130,000 (100,000 pounds) in the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division in the UK.
Despite having been called a “fake” and a “fraud” by several individuals on Twitter and other social networks, he has opted to target a few individuals to take to court. The three that will be bearing his brunt are McCormack, Buterin and pseudonymous creator of the Lighting Torch experiment LNTrustChain @Hodlonaut. Wright in collaboration with CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre, issued a doxing bounty on Hodlonaut for $5,000, a price that is yet to be claimed.
It’s interesting that Wright has not chosen to bring charges against Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao who, over the past few days, has been extremely vocal about the matter, also calling Wright a fraud on Twitter. Responding to the media on his choice to sue a few individuals and specifically McCormack and Buterin, he said that:
“I am mainly seeking people who have a perceived authority within the cryptocurrency industry, so Vitalik and Peter McCormack. They have been sent the opening letter outlining the case already.”