Nick Chong · 9 hours ago · 2 min read
The increasingly litigious Craig Wright sued Bitcoin Cash figurehead, and former business partner, Roger Ver for libel after being called a “fraud and a liar.” Ver responded to the lawsuit by seemingly debunking Wright’s claim that he controlled several high-profile Bitcoin addresses, which would have suggested that Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto.
Craig Wright called out, again
Craig Wright, one of the most controversial figures in the crypto industry, has been at the center of media scrutiny for a string of seemingly frivolous lawsuits. Now, the vocal founder of Bitcoin SV is in the news because it appears he was caught lying in court.
The addresses, which were described as a “lazy copy-paste job,” was supposed to prove that Wright owns some of the first Bitcoin addresses ever created.
$ bitcoin-cli verifymessage 16cou7Ht6WjTzuFyDBnht9hmvXytg6XdVT G39S6i4XsfQnixN5ePMjVPboWvGXdnW8xFFAXiwEriZFCclflbD7umP58u3Sl+dvvXC5BxBrRNkTMNf92O1UIXw= "Address 16cou7Ht6WjTzuFyDBnht9hmvXytg6XdVT does not belong to Satoshi or to Craig Wright.
Craig is a liar and a fraud."
— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) May 16, 2019
Verifying the Signatures
Crypto enthusiasts and avid followers of the Wright drama were quick to verify the signature, which did indeed show that the address was not owned by Wright.
While Roger Ver, the CEO of Bitcoin.com, hasn’t publicly acknowledged that it was him, the similarities between the signed message and Ver’s recent snub aimed at Wright are undeniable.
My response to CSW’s 100,000 GBP lawsuit: pic.twitter.com/Ob1WZITrM3
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) May 3, 2019
The move wouldn’t be out of line with Ver’s media modus operandi. He is known to criticize other prominent figures in the crypto industry, especially those who are vocal about their preference for Bitcoin over Bitcoin Cash.
Earlier this month, Ver was also on the receiving side of one of Wright’s many libel lawsuits. It wouldn’t be surprising if Wright’s libel claims were what sparked the back-and-forth between two of the industry’s most controversial figures.