By Jamie Redman
During the last week, mainstream media outlets have been publishing reports that say “Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto could be unmasked at [a] Florida trial.” Alongside this, the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” has been trending in people’s discussions on social media for the last few days as well.
The Internet Is Buzzing Over Conversations Concerning Bitcoin’s Mysterious Creator
Last week, the long-awaited Kleiman v. Wright trial started in Florida and the court case has sparked significant interest from mainstream media publications like Fox News, the Daily Mail, and the Wall Street Journal. Vertical trends on Twitter also indicate that the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” has been in the midst of many conversations this week. Since October 2, interest in Bitcoin’s creator has increased 48.71%, according to Google Trends’ search query score for the topic “Satoshi Nakamoto.”
The aforementioned media publications have been asserting in a few editorials that the Florida trial could uncover the very identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. The Kleiman family and Ira Kleiman, the brother of the now deceased, computer forensics expert, Dave Kleiman, believe their Dave’s fortune was manipulated. The Kleiman estate accuses Craig Wright of perpetrating “a scheme against Dave’s estate to seize Dave’s bitcoins and his rights to certain intellectual property associated with the Bitcoin technology.”
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Paul Vigna, the Kleiman’s family attorney Vel Freedman explained the plaintiffs think they have a strong case against the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor, Craig Wright. “We believe the evidence will show there was a partnership to create and mine over one million bitcoin,” Freedman told Vigna.
Skeptics Criticize Media Reports That Discuss a So-Called Unmasking
After the WSJ reporter shared the story on Twitter, Vigna was berated for giving Wright’s story publicity. Wizsec Bitcoin Research, a group of researchers that have criticized Wright’s story on various occasions in the past, called Vigna’s WSJ editorial “irresponsible.”
“The way you air their claims while willfully leaving out or downplaying the proven lies, forgery and fraud is beyond irresponsible,” Wizsec said to Vigna on Twitter. “You are knowingly introducing your readers to a scam without properly warning them that it’s a scam. Any future victims among them are on you.” Another person wrote to Vigna and asked:
Whatever happened to fact-checking?
Wright’s Backers Believe the High-Profile Court Case Will Settle Matters
Meanwhile, Wright’s believers and bitcoinsv (BSV) proponents wholeheartedly believe this case will settle matters once and for all. One ardent follower wrote: “Dr. Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto — BSV is the Real Bitcoin.”
On November 15, the gambling tycoon and billionaire Calvin Ayre tweeted that the news is getting out about the Florida trial, and shared an editorial written by Fox News called: “Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto could be unmasked at Florida trial.”
“Message of the Satoshi trial is leaking out and there will be a big audience for the full history of Bitcoin being rolled out now under oath in Florida,” Ayre wrote on Monday.
Wright Continues to Argue Under Oath That He Alone Invented Bitcoin — Wright’s Detractors Still Don’t Believe Him
So far, the case has revealed a few interesting things as the court officials and lawyers have been told that Wright has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Despite attempts from the Kleiman side to make this inadmissible, it was decided the jury would deliberate on the matter. Wright continues to contest that he invented Bitcoin on his own and Dave Kleiman was not a partner while he created the technology.
Furthermore, the artist known as “@Fractalencrypt” has transcribed Wright’s statements on day seven of the trial. Fractalencrypt’s long Twitter thread started at the end of day six and has been very popular. According to Fractalencrypt’s transcription, in the face of many documents, Wright continued to contest throughout the trial that Kleiman was a friend, but not the co-creator of Bitcoin.
What do you think about the Kleiman v. Wright trial and the discussions surrounding this case on social media? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.