Wikileaks Doubles Down on Craig Wright Accusations, Calls Him The Bernie Madoff of Bitcoin
The official Twitter account of WikiLeaks has become an unlikely participant in crypto drama last two days.
The organisation first embraced crypto way back in 2010, when their access to the banking system was shut down. During the crypto bull market Julian Assange even jokingly thanked the main legislators whose efforts forced WikiLeaks to unwillingly become one of the first large crypto adopters and promoters.
My deepest thanks to the US government, Senator McCain and Senator Lieberman for pushing Visa, MasterCard, Payal, AmEx, Mooneybookers, et al, into erecting an illegal banking blockade against @WikiLeaks starting in 2010. It caused us to invest in Bitcoin — with > 50000% return. pic.twitter.com/9i8D69yxLC
— Defend Assange Campaign (@DefendAssange) October 14, 2017
Apart from receiving donations in cryptocurrency, WikiLeaks hasn’t been in the crypto news since – or at least until a few days ago, when they decided not to ignore Craig Wright’s publicly stated negative opinion of the organisation, as well as his efforts to promote Bitcoin as government-friendly.
The leakers, known for their 100% fake-news-free track record, decided to make bold claims, calling Craig S. Wright a “serial fabricator”.
Serial fabricator who claims to be inventor of Bitcoin, Craig S. Wright, now claims that Bitcoin was always pro-state and that he always worked for the prosecution, as he tries to raise money for business project and escape court action. https://t.co/sKgJ0240vl
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 12, 2019
While not outright claiming that Craig Wright has nothing to do with the invention of Bitcoin (as WikiLeaks tend to avoid making unprovable claims) they have taken advantage of the large list of forgeries that the chief scientist of nChain has committed to invalidate his position and prove that he should not be speaking on Satoshi’s behalf.
They linked their readers to a github repository, managed by Andreas Brekken of shitcoin.com, that links to multiple data sources, detailing Craig Wright’s lies and forgeries – as exposed by numerous other ecosystem participants, including Bitcoin Cash developer Mark Blundenberg, WizSec Bitcoin security experts, Peter Rizun of Bitcoin Unlimited, Vitalik Buterin, Charlie Lee, Amaury Sechet and many others.
Despite his history of remaining silent for a while after being exposed, Craig Wright did not back down. In his usual style, he ignored the substance of the accusations by WikiLeaks and called them a “lie factory” and “a group of criminals founded by a rapist“.
He also doubled down on his opinion that WikiLeaks do not want Bitcoin to act as originally intended, as it could be used for securing information – without further explanation on how bitcoin’s properties could prevent WikiLeaks from leaking private documents.
As a final response, he did bring up an actual quote by the real Satoshi Nakamoto, who was anything but thrilled with WikiLeaks embracing crypto:
“WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.”
However, the previous tweet by the Julian Assange-led organisation does not appear to be a one-time response. WikiLeaks themselves doubled down, calling Craig Wright “The Bernie Madoff of Bitcoin”:
The Bernie Madoff of #Bitcoin, Craig S. Wright, who keeps forging documents to make it seem that he is Bitcoin’s pseudonymous inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, caught again, this time forging a “2001” antecedent to Nakamoto’s first Bitcoin paper. https://t.co/Xqmok0p0U4 pic.twitter.com/HssXgTuQ7l
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 13, 2019
They also linked to an article which boldly states that Wright’s attempts to convince people that he is Satoshi Nakamoto is likely driven by his desire to increase the price of Bitcoin SV.
While logical at first glance, this explanation is unconvincing, considering that the behaviour of nChain’s chief scientist from the last 3 months has heavily pushed the market in a downwards direction, and nChain and CoinGeek’s crypto holdings would most certainly hold higher value today had Bitcoin Cash remained united, and had Craig Wright given up the spotlight.
In any case, their accusations of serial document forgeries are well founded, and just scraping the surface, beneath which lie many other sketchy antics, such as plagiarism and false claims of owning a significant portion of bitcoin’s total market cap – which could be considered market manipulation in a number of jurisdictions.