The bitcoin world reacted with a mixture disbelief, open scepticism and aloofness at the latest claims that Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym of Australian Craig S Wright.
Wired published a piece fingering Craig Wright as bitcoin’s anonymous creator. Gizmodo also named Wright in an article published two hours after Wired. Both publications relied, in part, on a cache of leaked emails during their investigations.
While mainstream media commentators and observers lauded the pieces for their rigour, the bitcoin world appeared unconvinced that Wright is indeed the man behind the world’s most popular cryptocurrency.
Wow. Wired’s Bitcoin creator scoop seems solid: https://t.co/VJjFzAhqsF
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) December 8, 2015
Jeff Garzik, who has communicated with Satoshi Nakamoto directly, produced a tweetstorm casting doubt on the Wired and Gizmodo claims, saying that he is “reasonably confident” that he has never met the bitcoin inventor in person.
Whistleblower group Wikileaks also issued a string of tweets saying that it refutes the claim that Wright is Satoshi.
The organisation said it “assessed that Craig