But does he? In a federal court filing late Tuesday, his lawyers claim he received the keys to a stash of more than 1 million btc from a courier.
Lawyers for Craig Wright, the Australian computer scientist who claims to be the inventor of Bitcoin, say Wright has received the digital keys to a fortune that would grant him access to approximately $8bn worth of Bitcoin. If true, the fortune would make him whole for a payment allegedly owed to the estate of a former business partner, which has demanded he pay around half of that.
The notice of compliance, filed in the Southern District of Florida late Tuesday, states that “Dr. Wright notifies the Court that a third party has provided the necessary information and key slice to unlock the encrypted file, and Wright has produced a list of his bitcoin holdings, as ordered by the Magistrate Judge, to plaintiffs today.”
The story thus far
For over a year now Wright has been embroiled in a lawsuit with Ira Kleiman, the brother of the late Dave Kleiman, whom Wright claims to have developed the early Bitcoin protocol with under the nom-de-hack Satoshi Nakamoto. Upon learning of Wright’s supposed identity, Kleiman sued Wright on the grounds that his estate should be entitled to roughly half of the one million bitcoins Wright claims to have mined in the early days of Bitcoin, which today would be worth billions of dollars. Read More...