Australian “Bitcoin inventor” denies forgery in court

Australian "Bitcoin inventor" denies forgery in London court battle over cryptocurrency's origins.

Berto Tordecilla

Berto Tordecilla

An Australian computer scientist claiming to have invented Bitcoin told a London court on Tuesday that he had never forged documents to support his controversial identity as the cryptocurrency’s creator “Satoshi Nakamoto”.

Giving evidence in a legal battle over Bitcoin’s ownership, Dr Craig Wright rejected allegations that he had repeatedly falsified records to prove he wrote its 2008 founding text. Wright, 54, blamed others for any fake documents backing his story.

The court case pits Wright against the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA), which contends he is not Satoshi and has fabricated evidence to boost his case. COPA aims to shield Bitcoin’s open-source status from potential lawsuits by Wright.

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His denials came amid COPA accusations that Wright presented an academic paper with doctored timestamps to bolster his Satoshi narrative. “This is a document forged by you as part of the origin myth,” COPA’s lawyer claimed. Wright insisted: “If I forged that document, it would be perfect.”

The high-stakes hearing marks the culmination of years of speculation over the true identity of the enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto.

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