Well this turned out to be quite like a cliché mystery drama. Just days after coming out as the mystifying Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright is now backing away from proving that he really is the Bitcoin founder, saying “I’m sorry”.
His coming out almost immediately became one of the most-contentious tech tales of recent times, though, it was verified by Jon Matonis, a former board member of Bitcoin Foundation, and Gavin Andresen, one of the first Bitcoin programmers.
Wright now says he doesn’t have the “courage” and isn’t “strong enough” to face the continuous barrage of allegations which have come his way ever since he took claim for founding the online currency earlier this week.
“When the rumors began, my qualifications and character were attacked,” he writes on a note for his website. “When those allegations were proven false, new allegations have already begun. I know now that I am not strong enough for this.”
He also thanks Matonis and Andresen for publicly validating his claim and hopes their name “is not irreparably tainted by my actions”.
The Australian computer scientist had on Tuesday promised an “extraordinary proof” for backing his claims as the founder of his currency but now that appears to be a distant dream.
It is yet to be seen how this turn of events will affect the cryptocurrency as a whole. Matonis had earlier tweeted “There won’t be an on-chain signing from early bitcoin blocks, but there also won’t be another Satoshi”.
The clouds over the expansion of the currency’s network is another which threatens its future, as developers from various sides argue over the optimum size of transaction data. If anything, the whole Craig Wright-saga has only seemingly complicated affairs further.