Australian Computer scientist/lawyer and self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright, is back in the courts – this time suing Adam Back, Cofounder of Blockstream. Wright sent a libel suit to the UK Courts back in Jun 2019 and Back was notified of via EU cross-jurisdiction process to Malta, Blockstream’s home, in Sep 2019.
And herein started the fishy business.
Craig Wright withdraws…
Back chose London-based firm, RPC Law, to represent him in the case (the law firm represented Peter McCormack against Craig in a past case). However, in mid-January this year, following Adam’s legal team filing of intent to contest, Craig is alleged to have “pre-emptively notified court he was discontinuing the case.”
Adam said the cost of the case could have cost Mr. Wright a little more than £20,000 GBP. He wrote on Twitter,
“SCA (representing Wright) were asked and declined to give any explanation of why Craig retracted. Consequently Craig agreed to reimburse 100% of my costs, which is unusual: standard is ‘reasonable costs’ (65-75%), vs fault assumed ‘indemnity’ costs (80%). probably whole thing cost Craig > 20k GBP.”
Craig Wright sues Blockstream on “possible” hack
According to reports that emerged in late 2019, the said “Bitcoin founder” claims Blockstream initiated a hack on him to swing the infamous “Kleinman estate vs Craig lawsuit” whereby Blockstream is on the plaintiff’s side. However, no evidence was found by the court of any hacking that took place on Craig Wright.
Kleiman v. Wright – It's showtime!
Just in: the most hilarious entry ever in the lawsuit. This is not a must read, this is a MUST READ. ?
Dave's devices, Ira selling Bitcoins to buy a house, Craig's computer hack… pic.twitter.com/r5Lj2WSl84
— Arthur van Pelt – Dragon Industries (@MyLegacyKit) December 18, 2019
It’s worth noting that Wright alleges the hacking to have taken place during the early days of Bitcoin’s development, although Blockstream wasn’t founded until 2014 – five years after the inception of Bitcoin.
Earlier this year, Craig failed to produce keys to the wallet containing the “genesis mined” BTC asking for more time from the courts.