One of the enduring mysteries of the cryptocurrency industry took centre stage Tuesday in a London court where a trial could finally settle the debate over the identity of bitcoin’s founder.
Australian computer scientist Craig Wright entered the witness box at the High Court and testified he was the man behind “Satoshi Nakamoto”, the pseudonym that has masked the identity of the creator of bitcoin.
Wright has long asserted that he is Nakamoto. A non-profit group of technology and crypto companies is trying to prove he is not. The trial started on Monday and is expected to last a month, before a judge rules at a later date.
“Wright’s claim to be Satoshi is a lie, founded on an elaborate false narrative backed by forgery of documents on an industrial scale,” attorney Jonathan Hough said on behalf of the Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) at the outset of trial. “As his false documents and inconsistencies have been exposed, he has resorted to further forgery and ever more implausible excuses.”
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