Huge Craig Wright interview to be broadcast live on Crypto Finder this week
There are two sides to every story. Hear it and see it for yourself this Thursday at 8.45am UTC +11.
Join us at Crypto Finder at Thursday, 8.45am AEDT (UTC +11) for an exclusive interview with Craig Wright.
The one and only
Craig Wright might be the most controversial figure in the cryptocurrency world, and that's no mean feat in such a high-strung industry.
He has publicly identified himself as bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, and while there are plenty of lingering question marks around the claim, it's also clear beyond a doubt that he's been involved in bitcoin since the very early days.
His claim has been supported by other long-time figures in bitcoin, including Bitcoin Foundation founder Jon Matonis, and developer Gavin Andreson, widely regarded as "the man who built bitcoin," having been tapped as a successor of sorts by Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2010.
Andreson maintains that he saw Wright sign a message with a private key that only Satoshi Nakamoto could have.
"I saw him [Craig Wright] sign a message, put it on a USB stick that I provided to him and saw it verified on a clean computer that I had witnessed the downloading of the verification software, and it had been unpacked from a factory-sealed box," Andreson said. he said. "And it was a message I gave to him, so it was a message of my choosing. So I am convinced he has that key," Andreson said.
The feat has never been conclusively replicated publicly, however.
"I'm sorry," Wright wrote on his website afterwards. "I believed that I could do this. I believed that I could put the years of anonymity and hiding behind me. But, as the events of this week unfolded and I prepared to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys, I broke... my qualifications and character were attacked. When those allegations were proven false, new allegations have already begun."
"I know now that I am not strong enough for this. I know that this weakness will cause great damage to those that have supported me, and particularly to Jon Matonis and Gavin Andresen. I can only hope that their honour and credibility is not irreparably tainted by my actions. They were not deceived, but I know that the world will never believe that now. I can only say I'm sorry."
The real bitcoin
Wright's mission to support the real bitcoin - as per Satoshi Nakamoto's vision of the new world currency - has seen his public allegiance shift from bitcoin (BTC) to Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and then onwards to Bitcoin SV (BSV), and Metanet.
Metanet was only announced a week ago, and is being envisioned as the true cryptocurrency internet of value, where micropayments of fractions of a cent flow across the internet to create smart, fluid and adaptable incentives for all participants in all areas; an internet that's owned by the people, in contrast to today's system where warlords like Facebook and Google squat on essential functions, and set up toll booths.
Bitcoin SV is heralding a glorious future. Or maybe not. Either way, there's no one in bitcoin more knowledgeable than Craig Wright. Or maybe it's all talk?
You'll just have to judge for yourself. After all, independence in thought (and finance) is what cryptocurrency is all about.
Hear it with your own ears and see it with your own eyes, this Thursday at 8.45am AEDT (UTC +11) EST.