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 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

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