The internet is flooded as Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur claims to be the bitcoin founder. But along with the news, comes a question – Is he the one who created the bitcoin or is it just for publicity?
Some of the people agree with Wright, as he claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonym used by the bitcoin founder. However, everyone has their doubts. Even The Economist, which witnessed Wright’s revelation, still keeps the matter open by doubting that Nakamoto is someone else entirely.
But if Wright is, in real, Nakamoto, why did he remain silent until now?
When asking this question, Wright said that he did not want publicity, but had to reveal his identity out of necessity.
In an interview with BBC, Wright said:
"I want to work, I want to keep doing what I want to do. I don't want money. I don't want fame. I don't want adoration. I just want to be left alone"
He also addressed his issues with Australian tax authorities saying:
"I have companies that are under audit (...) we've told the ATO everything, we've told them about the tax issues and implications. (...) It's still an ongoing matter, so we have lawyers negotiating how much tax I owe."
During the interview, he also makes it clear that this was the last time he was interviewing for any media; he does not want any award or any kind of help from anyone.
Even after Wright has given all the cryptographic proof of being Satoshi, and some of the bitcoin developers have given him the green flag, a protracted doubt prevails.
It is quite possible that Craig Wright is one of the bitcoin developers and not Satoshi, or maybe the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto is used for a group of bitcoin developers, and not to any individual bitcoin founder. Whatever the case may be, Wright’s next move will sure draw plenty of attention!