A recent Twitter post by Peter McCormack allegedly reveals that Bitcoin SV founder Craig Wright has falsified a document. The news broke through some careful detective work on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) by the cryptocurrency influencer.
Wright has famously claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin. He has filed a lawsuit against McCormack for allegedly slandering him by denying that he is in fact, Nakamoto.
Wright’s newest document upload contains language that is very similar to the Bitcoin whitepaper abstract. The text appears to correspond almost exactly with the description of a peer-to-peer electronic cash payments system.
However, McCormack’s detective work appears to reveal that the document is not at all what it claims to be.
CSW up to his old tricks, so let's debunk it before it is released. Yesterday he uploaded a document to SSRN claiming it was a paper he wrote in 2007 with a similar paragraph to the Bitcoin White paper. pic.twitter.com/7Qlu3Pwb19
— Peter McCormack (@PeterMcCormack) August 19, 2019
The Evidence Against Wright
Several indicators point towards Wright’s document being falsified. First, the upload date has been removed. This would not necessarily be a clear indicator, but a bit of further digging reveals that the only snapshot of the paper was August 18 of this year.
Second, the metadata of the document reveals that it was updated on August 18 as well. What’s more, it was created using Office 365, only released in 2011. These details make the creation of the document in 2007 an impossibility.
Finally, and perhaps most notable, a quick Google search of the title reveals that Wright published a paper of similar content in 2008. While this would seem indicative of a connection, the opposite is true.
The original paper does not contain the verbiage that the one from 2007 allegedly does. This appears to show that Wright added the sentence to the paper, more or less plagiarizing the Bitcoin whitepaper, and then published it as his own work.
Scammers Gonna Scam?
This most recent revelation adds to the list of potentially false evidence Wright has claimed to produce. While claiming responsibility for Bitcoin, he seems unable to produce conclusive proof of the claim.
Such antics also cast doubt on the viability of Wright’s other work, such as the hard forked coin, Bitcoin SV (BSV). While Wright claims that it maintains the original vision of Bitcoin, others disagree. Vitalik Buterin recently called it a ‘dumpster fire,’ and the community at large seems to have more or less ignored or rejected it.
Do you think Wright is truly Nakamoto and this is yet another error, or is he a scammer like McCormack claims? Let us know in the comments below!
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