Craig Wright’s increasingly absurd claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto were finally laid to rest today in a signed message from a 2009 bitcoin whale. The entity, who controls 145 BTC addresses claimed in court by Wright to be part of his notorious Tulip Trust, signed a damning message laying claim to the coins contained therein. In the process, they consigned Wright’s Tulip Trust to the fiction section.
The message reads:
Craig Steven Wright is a liar and a fraud. He doesn’t have the keys used to sign this message. The Lightning Network is a significant achievement. However, we need to continue work on improving on-chain capacity. Unfortunately, the solution is not to just change a constant in the code or to allow powerful participants to force out others. We are all Satoshi.
The addresses in question all contain the 50 BTC coinbase reward and their balance has never been spent, meaning that whoever signed the message is the ultimate hodler and an enthusiastic early miner.
Not Satoshi – Just a Very Naughty Boy
By this point, only a handful of diehards in the BSV camp were clinging to the hope that Wright controlled the 1.1 million BTC claimed to be in the hands of the Tulip Trust, with the private keys allegedly scheduled to be delivered to Wright this year. Had this occurred, Wright would have become the ultimate giga-whale with the power to crash the price of BTC, send BSV to the metaphorical moon, or perform any number of other manipulative tricks.
Instead, the Tulip Trust has been shown for what it is: the last roll of the dice of an increasingly desperate and embittered man whose encroaching tax and legal bills have prematurely aged him and consigned him to a laughing stock of the internet.
The Trust That Never Was
January 1st 2020 was when the mysterious bonded courier was meant to come good, delivering the keys to Wright’s kingdom and confirming his status as Satoshi, or as one of the people “in the room” when Bitcoin was created, as acolyte Calvin Ayre once put it. The cryptosphere knew the courier would never materialize. What they hadn’t counted on was an OG bitcoiner emerging from hibernation to painstakingly sign almost 150 addresses that categorically prove Wright to have no control of them.
As news.Bitcoin.com reported in January, “Prior to the supposed courier’s delivery, Wright claimed the keys to this stash of bitcoins were unattainable and split among various key holders.” By that stage, several of the coin-holders whose early BTC addresses had been claimed by Wright in court documents had signed messages disproving this. Today’s carpet-signing of 145 addresses, however, is the coup de grâce that effectively ends Wright’s long con.
This kills the Tulip Trust.