Does Craig Wright Have Access to Encrypted Satoshi Files With Private Keys for $7.5B in BTC?

The class-action lawsuit filed by the Kleiman Estate against Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator and former partner of late Dave Kleiman has seen several twists and turns with no definitive outcome.

Kleiman Estate is suing Wright to get access to the Bitcoin mined by Wright in partnership with Dave Kleiman, while Wright maintains there was no such partnership.

The latest twist in the case came from the Kleiman Estate, which now claims that Wright had access to the Encrypted Files believed to be those of Satoshi, which contains private keys associated with 820,000 Bitcoin. The Estate filed a new court document on 21st May claiming Wright has the access to Encrypted Files but he won’t do so since it contains clear evidence of his partnership with Dave.

The court document claimed that $1.6 million worth of Bitcoin has been spent from the addresses submitted to the court as a proof suggesting Wright has access to those private keys. It also points to the threats made by Wright about crashing the Bitcoin market, which is only possible by a large amount of dump in the market.

Craig Wright has since submitted a list of 16,404 BTC addresses to prove his claim of being the owner. However, Kleiman’s Estate claimed that this is one of the three batches of addresses which Wright has access to and the fact that a significant amount of BTC has been spent from these addresses “is incontrovertible evidence that Wright has either:

  • Submitted a fraudulent/incomplete list of his bitcoin as the CSW Filed List and/or
  • He does have access to a list of his bitcoin and the private keys associated with them and is lying.

The legal team further points out that Craig Wright throughout the case has lied, submitted misleading filings, caused obstruction with forged evidence are clear signs that Wright has access to the Encrypted files.

Kleiman Estate Lists Lies and Perjuries of Wright

The legal court document also lists four instances where Wright has either lied during the case or submitted forged documents. The one being just last week where Wright has submitted a forged divorce document.

The document claimed that Wright’s wife too lied about the claims of his husband since she is financially dependent on him and thus had clear reasons to do that. The document also claimed that she has lied in the past.

The Kleiman Estate in its legal filing also criticised the court for being soft on Wright and only putting sanctions despite him showing no respect for the legal procedure and the court, as evident from his continuous lying. They appealed to the court to take strict action against the accused to keep him in check. The court filings read:

“For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiffs respectfully request that the Court issue an order pursuant to its inherent powers striking Dr. Wright’s Amended Answer and entering a default judgment against Dr. Wright.”

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Author: Rebecca Asseh

Craig Wright Vs. Kleiman Court Case: Summons Issued For Former nChain CEO Jimmy Nguyen

  • The list of Craig Wright’s bitcoin holdings may be yet another example of his forgeries and misrepresentations
  • Meanwhile, “additional information is uncovered about the partnership’s bitcoin holdings”

In the Craig Wright vs Ira Kleiman court case, the Plaintiff’s legal team is trying to subpoena nChain CEO Jimmy Nguyen for a deposition but is unable to track him down.

As per the “Joint Discovery Status Report” published by the United States District Court Southern District of Florida on March 2nd, Plaintiff, Kleinman, brother of David Kleinman and the personal representative of his estate has “filed a motion challenging a number of defendant’s privilege designations.”

The plaintiff is seeking to file a motion for the issuance of a letter rogatory from the U.K based entity nChain. These documents allegedly indicate that nChain may have control over this litigation and/or may have obtained or acquired assets at issue in this case.

The court statement says the list of defendant’s bitcoin holdings “may be yet another example of the Defendant’s submissions of forgeries and misrepresentations to this Court.”

According to the plaintiff, the third party would be able to confirm these suspicions and as such attempting to serve former nChain CEO and US citizen Jimmy Nguyen but so far have been “unsuccessful” to locate him.

Plaintiff has scheduled the dispositions of Craig Wright on March 16 and 18, 2020, Ramona Watts on March 19, 2020, Andrew O’Hagan on March 17, 2020, Dustin Trammell on March 26, 2020, and Brandon Sullivan’s to be decided.

“Plaintiffs note that more depositions may be required as additional information is uncovered about the partnership’s bitcoin holdings.”

The court case has been in the discovery phase for more than 20 months now but has been impeded by a lack of cooperation and deception on Wright’s part. For now, the legal team of Wight and Kleinman has exhausted their 10 depositions during this discovery period.

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Author: AnTy

Craig Wright Claims ‘Attorney Privilege’ In Tulip Trust Case On 11,000 Crucial Documents

  • Kleiman vs Wright case took a new turn as Craig Wright, “Faketoshi”, claims attorney-client privilege.
  • The defendant has claimed attorney privilege over 11,000 documents released to him by a third party.
  • Kleiman’s lawyers claim abuse of privilege by Craig Wright in settling the $10 billion USD lawsuit.

The prolonged Kleiman vs Wright case has taken yet another turn as the defendant raised a plight of attorney-client privilege after failing to provide the alleged bonded courier. Craig Wright (defendant), self-proclaimed “Satoshi”, stated in court earlier this year, that he had received a bonded courier with over 11,000 Bitcoin addresses from a third party. However, when the court ordered him to produce the documents, Craig’s legal team is claiming attorney-client privilege on the documents.

Furthermore, the defendant claims the bonded courier is a lawyer hence no information can be shared in court yet. This back-and-forth from Craig’s camp has seen the Kleiman estate file for abuse of privilege by the defendant. The statement from Kleiman’s counsel read,

“Craig [Wright] has improperly withheld documents as privileged.”

Wright told the courts multiple times that he was awaiting a bonded courier to arrive in early January with the documents that will help him access the encrypted files. The files would then offer access to the 1.1 million Bitcoins (~$10 billion dollars) in the wallet. This is known as the Tulip Trust, which is largely controlled by Wright.

Since expiration of the court deadline to produce the files, Craig has been on the edge with the latest court hearing on February 3rd, witnessing “Faketoshi” claiming attorney privilege.

Craig used 18 companies listed by the Kleiman’s counsel to claim privilege. The lawyers released a statement reporting,

“Based on that investigation, plaintiffs [has] determined that all but two companies and Nchain have already ceased to exist; and those two are in the process of being liquidated by an external administrator in Australia.”

Notwithstanding, the self-proclaimed founder of Bitcoin, further claimed privilege on the bonded courier that brought the 11,000 files saying the courier is a lawyer. This means the lawyer cannot testify in court on the matter with the lawyer’s communication privileged.

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Author: Lujan Odera

The Plot Thickens as Craig Wright Brings Tulip Trust III Into the Picture, BSV Jumps 30%

The lawsuit by the estate of self-proclaimed Craig S. Wright’s late partner for half for 1.1 million BTC is seeing yet another twist.

On Jan. 6, Wright furnished over 400 new documents to the Florida court including the one that reveals the existence of yet another Tulip Trust. This third Trust allegedly holds the infamous 1,100,111 BTC.

Wright’s late partner Dave Kleinman’s brother Ira Kleinman pursuing the lawsuit claims that he is entitled to half of these 1.1 million BTC that is currently worth $8.7 billion.

The original Tulip Trust is the encrypted document containing the keys to the 1.1 million BTC that Wright said he locked away under Kleinman’s care. The Kleinman brother claims after the death of Dave Kleinman in 2013, Wright attempted to prevent the plaintiff’s family from accessing their portion of crypto funds.

The Curious Case of Tulip Trust I, II, & III

Though Wright claims he is the real Satoshi Nakamoto, proving this has been much harder. And as the case gets dragged on, it is mired in technical and legal jargon.

First Wright said he is unable to confirm how many BTC he has because they are stashed in several international blind trusts. But the judge on the case and Kleinman estate agreed that these trusts are critical to the lawsuit.

Wright then disclosed the Tulip Trust that allegedly has the encrypted document holdings of the private keys to his Bitcoin fortune.

Wright, however, has been accused of forging the documents as the Tulip Trust I was timestamped Oct. 2012 while it was created in 2015. According to Wright, this was because the document was scanned by an optical character recognition program using the newer font.

But Judge Reinhart said the document didn’t add up that led Wright to talk about the Tulip trust II.

This Trust, Wright said will be delivered to him on Jan. 1, 2020 by a bonded courier but still, after closing into two weeks into the new year, he hasn’t confirmed that.

Now, this filing is the first mention of the Tulip trust III. Klienma’s lawyers aren’t happy about it. And although Wright flagged it as “confidential” and could ask for it to be sealed, Kleinman’s lawyers have agreed to keep things moving.

BSV Applauds Wright’s Efforts

The news of Wright producing a third Tulip trust has Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV), the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash which has been the hard fork of Bitcoin Core, jumping 30% in a few hours.

At the time of writing, BSV has been trading at $147.85 as per Coincodex while managing $25 million trading volume on ten exchanges with real volume.

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Author: AnTy

Self-Proclaimed Bitcoin Inventor, Craig Wright, Fails To Settle Kleiman Case Due To Lack Of Funds

Court documents filed recently in Florida show that Craig Wright, who claims to be the famous Satoshi Nakamoto, who is credited to have invented Bitcoin, now says he has no funds to settle his case with David Kleiman.

According to Cointelegraph, Wright told the complainant that he was pulling off an earlier out-of-the court settlement agreement as he was unable to meet the 500,000 BTC ($4.5 billion) needed.

The case has been brought back to the court by Kleiman’s lawyer and seeks to compel Wright to settle the agreement or the case goes to full trial.

After signs that the case was coming to an amicable solution, Kleiman halted active proceedings to focus on how the issue would be settled even agreeing to prolong the settlement time to the end of October. However, as court documents indicate, Wright has broken the settlement agreement.

The court documents have been filed by Ira Kleiman who instituted the charges last year accusing Wright of falsifying enterprise documents as well as other documents with the intention of defrauding the estate of David Kleiman, his late brother.

In August, Wright was found to be in contempt of court for his failure to divulge the amount of Bitcoins he holds which reportedly are about 1.1 million, CoinDesk reports.

After the hearing commenced, Wright told the court that he was unable to access his Bitcoin as the death of David Kleiman, his former business counterpart, affected some of the wallet logins. However, the court dismissed the claim saying that Wright’s arguments were inconsistent.

The court documents show that Wright did not give a notice before he broke the non-binding agreement.

Wright had at an earlier time bid to be given extra time to confront the judge’s sanctions giving an excuse of the approaching Hurricane Dorian.

In related news, Wright has severally explained that Satoshi Nakamoto, credited for starting the Bitcoin and crypto movement, copied his white paper.

Keep it here as we follow the proceedings and relay them directly to you as the case goes on.

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Author: Joseph Kibe

Craig Wright to Go Against Court Decision Using…Hurricane Dorian?

The Craig Wright vs Kleiman saga gets sweeter. Or not really. This time, the saga well known Australian businessman and computer scientist is appealing against a court ruling that puts half of his Bitcoin fortune at stake. Only this time he is appealing using the Hurricane Dorian as a plot to not pay the Bitcoins.

Mr. Wright aims to challenge a court decision in a ruling that went in favor of one Ira Kleiman. Ira Kleiman is a brother to the late Dave Kleiman who was a forensic computer expert until his death in 2013. Craig Wright who openly claims to have been part of the team that invented bitcoin is being sued for close to $10 billion on accounts of trying to illegally seize Dave Kleiman’s bitcoin holdings.

This was formalized by a magistrate ruling on the 26th of August last month. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart concluded on the ruling that Wright must give back 50% of the bitcoins he mined before 2014 to Kleiman estate.

Craig Wright, on the other hand, is not giving in that easily. The businessman is not just giving Kleiman estate bitcoins worth billions of shillings that easily. At the moment, the computer scientist has already filed a motion pleading for a time extension before he can challenge the court order by the judge. His complaint is that the approach of hurricane Dorian towards Florida has forced them to turn their attention towards preparing for the same.

This has, in turn, reduced their concentration and ability to work on the court matter within the given time. In a document he recently filed, he expresses his dissatisfaction towards magistrate Bruce Reinhart pointing out that he does not feel the ruling was done fairly with all matters considered.

Citing rule 72 from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Wright suggests that he be given an extra 14 days in order to file his challenge against the ruling.

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Author: Lujan Odera

Did Archive.org and Microsoft Office Just Expose Craig Wright as “FakeToshi”?

  • Craig Wright published an article that he claimed to have made in 2007.
  • The version of Microsoft Office used to publish this paper wasn’t available until after the paper’s alleged creation date.

Craig Wright is known by the entire cryptocurrency world as the man who claims that he is the true creator of Bitcoin, claiming to be the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. He’s claimed this statement for years, and the topic has been brought even more into the spotlight this year with a court case that has been challenging this claim. Now, it looks like Wright is being exposed by another source.

On August 18th, a paper was uploaded by Wright to a database called Payments Providers and Intermediaries as Defined in the Law of the Internet. The submission date has been removed, but the paper is dated in 2007, showing the first line of the original Bitcoin whitepaper. Allegedly, Wright’s paper from 2007 said,

“In a similar manner to the web, a purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a payment intermediary.”

Even though this information would realistically validate Wright’s claims, it barely took 24 hours for this whole plot to be completely exposed. Peter McCormack, who is already tied in with Wright as a result of a lawsuit that accused him of libel, discovered some interesting facts regarding the paper. McCormack downloaded the only archived version of this document, finding that the creation date of the paper was August 18th.

The paper was created in Microsoft Office 365, according to the metadata, which wasn’t even released for commercial use until 2011. However, Wright claims that this exact paper is from 2007, which would be impossible with this version of Office. This isn’t even the first time that this program has been the pitfall of Wright’s claims.

In July this year, Wright submitted documents as part of the ongoing Kleiman trial, which he claimed to be from a specific date. However, in using a version of the Calibri font, which wasn’t available until 2015, Wright’s choices again were exposed as impossible. McCormack, who is presently being sued by Wright for claiming that he is not Satoshi, tweeted to ponder why Wright is even going after him, when it is clear that the document could not possibly have been created when he said.

McCormack was sued by Wright in April this year, after he refused to agree that Wright is the official creator of Bitcoin. Wright sued Roger Ver, the owner of Bitcoin.com, as well, but the case was dismissed by the UK court for not being relevant.

Even with another self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator in the world, Wright is seemingly working to do everything he can to say that he’s the one and only Satoshi. But, is he?

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Author: Krystle M

Craig Wright to Take the Stand Soon for Kleiman Lawsuit Hearings Regarding Bitcoin’s Creation

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  • Craig Wright has continued to claim to be the true creator of Bitcoin.
  • He will be calling himself as a witness in the Kleiman vs. Wright lawsuit.

The case of Kleiman vs. Wright has been going on for quite some time, and new reports show that Craig Wright will be calling witnesses at the June 28th deposition. Wright has consistently stated that he is the creator of Bitcoin, and he will be calling two expert witnesses, a fact witness, and himself to the stand. Ultimately, since Wright will already be on the stand, he opens himself up to cross-examination.

There is already a chance that Wright will end up being placed in contempt of court after he failed to provide the list of Bitcoin holdings that he kept before the end of 2013, according to CoinDesk. This failure could lead him to trouble at either the civil or criminal level.

The chief scientist for nChain had allegedly mined over 1.1 million Bitcoin with Dave Kleiman between 2009 and 2011, believed to be stored in the “Tulip Trust.” Though Kleiman has since passed, his sister Ira is suing on behalf of his estate, asking for the fair market value and rights to the intellectual property.

The court documents say that Brett Roberson will be offering his testimony regarding digital forensics and PGP signature. His experience also covers theft of intellectual property, analyzing the activities found on a computer through a specific range of time, and recovering files that have already been deleted. All of this experience can be found in his CV, which is being used as Exhibit 1.

Kevin Madure is the second expert witness, who is the former IBM consultant and VP of cybersecurity at AlixPartners. He will be testifying to cryptography, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrency, specifically in reference to how it affects this case.

The fact witness will be Steve Shadders, who is the CTO of nChain. Previously, Shadders posted a blog titled “On the Satoshiness of Dr. Craig S. Wright.” The blog discusses the reasons that Shadders believes that Wright could be the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. His statements are based on his experiences with Wright, even though he claims to have decided against seeing conclusive evidence.

To ensure that he has some kind of control over the narrative, Wright is calling himself as well. Palley, a lawyer that is following the case but is not directly involved, tweeted about the issues, saying that “criminal contempt” is still on the table.

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Author: Krystle M

Location Data During Bitcoin’s Initial Genesis Block Show Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto

Location Data During Bitcoin’s Initial Genesis Block Show Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto

Crypto researchers keen with Satoshi’s whereabouts recently uncovered that Craig Wright’s ‘Self-proclaimed Satoshi’ theory is indeed inconsistent with facts.

This was proven by the IP addresses of Craig and Satoshi back in 2009 when the first BTC was mined and transferred. Findings revealed that the two were in fact on different time zones at that time.

Craig Wright and Satoshi Whereabouts in 2009

Craig gained a controversial position within the blockchain and cryptocurrency space following his claims that he invented Bitcoin. The well-known figure has gained popularity with this theory but it appears that facts may soon prove his claims are untrue. Craig’s alleged location during the first BTC transaction lead to these findings.

At the beginning of April, Wright shared on Medium about his participation in Bitcoin’s creation and gave a detailed outlook of how it ‘began’. The popular figure revealed information on where the nodes were run together with machines and where they were stored.

He added that, he owned a ranch in Bagnoo, Australia, where he had turn a part of his property into a machine operation space. Furthermore, the crypto enthusiast said he run similar operations in his house located on the outskirts of Sydney.

Craig Wright noted in particular that he had travelled back to Bagnoo when BTC’s initial genesis block was created. In addition, on January 9, Craig travelled again having been the initial Bitcoin mining date.

However, based on research, Craig was on the opposite side of the world compared to Satoshi’s location that pinpoints California.

California; Beginning of Satoshi’s Bitcoin?

One of the well-known bounty hunters on twitter’s blockchain and crypto space made this discover back in 2016. The researcher shared through a blog the involved IP addresses for Bitcoin’s very first transaction which happened on 10th January, 2009.

Given that the project involved only Satoshi and Hal Finney on the said date, it therefore was possible to figure out which address was Satoshi’s. This IP address tells that Satoshi’s location during the initial days of Bitcoin was in Van Nuys, California. A popular cryptocurrency researcher who goes by the twitter handle @SeekingSatoshi added that the IP was not related to any TOR exit node or VPN.

He went on to further add that information from initial versions of Bitcoin’s whitepaper show the time zones where Satoshi run his activities at the time. Detailed analysis based on frequency and time concur with the fact that he was based in America and may have been a teacher or student.

So far, nothing shows a correlation of Wright’s position with facts identified as support to Satoshi’s US location back in 2009. However, the controversial figure continues to enjoy a large fan base in crypto with a majority still backing him after these allegations.

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Author: Bitcoin Exchange Guide News Team

Monero’s Riccardo Spagni Gets Back at Craig Wright Over Comments on Money Transmitters

Monero’s Riccardo Spagni Gets Back at Craig Wright Over Comments on Money Transmitters

Chief Scientist at nChain, Self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto and a Bitcoin SV proponent, Craig S. Wright, recently released an article in which he questions the security and privacy traits of Monero XMR.

The crypto token which is the 13th largest in the market based on market capitalization is popular for its privacy features as it is constructed on the cryptographic layer system. These cryptographic qualities of the token offer an untraceable exchange of funds and separate characteristics by default.

The article details on how Monero and other mixed coins are engaged in the activity of money transfers and money handling, which according to Craig makes them Money Service Businesses [MSBs] and should therefore follow the corresponding rules. The rules include:

“Complying with the anti-money laundering (AML) program, maintaining records, and issuing against the reporting requirements as defined in their jurisdiction. Compliance would include filing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs). Peer-to-peer exchange is covered under the anti-money laundering (AML) rules. Avoiding the requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) in the US is not an option.”

The article also went further to state that:

“every node, software, wallet and person engaged in the transfer of funds – any funds including Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, was acting as a money transmitter”.

Furthermore, money transmitters and any subsystems are required to adhere with the Bank Secrecy Act [BSA] law, a U.S law requiring financial institutions in the United States to assist government agencies in detecting and averting money laundering.

Riccardo Spagni’s Response

Lead maintainer of Monero and host of Magical Crypto Conference, Riccardo Spagni, also known as Fluffypony, is one of the best-known figures in the crypto community. Riccardo then tweeted a response with an analogy saying

“Parents: are you giving lunch money to your kids? According to Craig Wright you are a money transmitter and will go to prison! Welcome to law. Have a nice life.”

And implying that with Craig’s accusations even the most basic forms of money exchange is illegal and should be prosecutable by law. However, some proponents of BSV weren’t moved by the remark and tweeted in support of the article claiming that Craig S. Wright was simply pointing out the law.

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Author: Damola