The Australian computer scientist Craig Wright, who claims to have created Bitcoin under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto, has refuted reports that he falsified paperwork to back up his assertion.
Wright criticized the credentials of his expert witness, who reached a different conclusion and denied any forgery or fabrication during his opening day of testimony at the high court in London on Tuesday.
The hearing was part of a lawsuit filed by Copa, an alliance of tech companies involved in cryptocurrencies, which aims to disprove his long-standing claim that he is the actual Nakamoto.
Copa is requesting a “negative declaration” from the high court stating that Wright is not Nakamoto. If this is granted, Copa claims he will no longer challenge anybody who wants to create projects involving Bitcoin.
“Have you ever forged or falsified a document to support your claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto?” said Wright to coalition lawyer Jonathan Hough KC. Wright answered, “No.” “Have you ever knowingly presented a forged or falsified document to support your claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto?” Hough questioned. Wright declared, “I haven’t.”
Copa termed Wright’s assertion a “brazen lie” and offered evidence on the opening day of the trial that it claimed proved differently.
Wright claimed that because of a “shared environment where a completely different file, unrelated to the earlier research, has been merged,” one document he wrote before the Bitcoin white paper was published and revealed the cryptocurrency to the world contained passages referring to the currency in the past tense.
Wright clarified that “researchers share” pre-publication information in another document, which was also dated before the release of the white paper and included references to four scholarly pieces that were released later.
He added that a third document had only been changed in the later case and had been produced in two versions, one of which seemed to support Wright’s assertion and the other not. He stated that printing errors, as opposed to issues with the PDF itself, could account for numbers that were not aligned correctly in the previous version.
“If I had forged that document then it would be perfect,” Wright declared. “If you go into Adobe, there’s not going to be a font error.” He expressed worries that the expert chosen by his attorneys, Dr. Simon Placks, lacked the necessary qualifications for the job.
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