Craig Wright Roils Crypto Community, But Who Knows Satoshi Nakamoto?

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Craig Wright has been at crypto ground zero for a long time.

He was an early suspect in the race to unmask the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin, who called themselves Satoshi Nakamoto. Craig Wright initially said he was Nakamoto, then denied it after the Australian Federal Police raided his home on a matter the AFP claims wasn’t connected to Bitcoin.

Apparently, with the AFP raid behind him, Craig Wright felt it was ok to once again step into the shoes of Satoshi Nakamoto. When Bitcoin Cash hard forked last year, a new coin, called “Bitcoin SV — Satoshi’s Vision” (BSV) came out with Wright behind it.

Craig Wright is a Crypto Flashpoint

BSV has been a controversial token, and Craig Wright seems to be at the center of a growing dispute. In addition to having BSV banned by Binance, ShapeShift and Kraken, Wright might be on the edge of a legal battle.

An anonymous online crypto commentator known as “Hodlonaut” has been giving Craig Wright the business. Saying that Wright is, “a very sad and pathetic scammer. Clearly mentally ill,” seems to have touched a nerve in Wright.

A few weeks ago Coingeek announced a $5,000 USD bounty for the identity of Hodlonaut, and went on to say that:

“Wright is demanding that the individual behind the @Hodlonaut account tweet an apology to him, make a statement in open court apologizing to Wright and acknowledge the falsity of the allegations made against Wright. Instead, Hodlonaut seems to have hidden under his mother’s skirt and is nowhere to be found.”

Wow, that escalated quickly

This All Seems a Bit Silly

It looks like Craig Wright may be looking at a lawsuit. Hodlonaut seems to have raised $28,700 via weareallhodlonaut.com, though he only asked for $20,000. Wright is threatening to sue Hodlonaut for defamation, though no one seems to know who Hodlonaut is.

Before he let his legal team take over Wright Tweeted that he would be, “taking action aggressively to remove any site that is in error or makes false claims,” which is sort of funny coming from a guy who is claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, without much evidence to speak of.

At least Hodlonaut plans to donate any extra money from weareallhodlonaut.com to Bitcoin Venezuela, who badly needs the money to help people who have real problems. BSV has yet to break the $0.02 mark, but it looks like it might be able to do so in the next few weeks.

Maybe Craig Wright should send some BSV to help people in Venezuela or Eritrea, he could use the PR.