Perhaps the biggest casualty of this week’s Satoshi Nakamoto/Craig Wright fiasco has been Gavin Andresen. But has the Bitcoin community been fair to one of its hardest workers?
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Once one of the bitcoin community’s most respected heroes, Andresen’s confirmation that he was “convinced beyond a reasonable doubt” that Wright was indeed Satoshi has resulted in a stream of mockery and often personal attacks.
For the public not familiar with cryptography or the technical details of how it should be used to show irrefutable proof, it was Andresen’s words (even more than those of former Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director Jon Matonis) that convinced them Wright was telling the truth.
Andresen had, after all, worked almost alone with Satoshi since 2010, and it was Andresen who Satoshi personally chose to replace him as Bitcoin’s Lead Developer when he left the project abruptly in early 2011.
He later admitted he had been possibly “bamboozled” by Wright’s claims and may have made a mistake in publishing his blog post before Wright’s, though he still seemed unsure either way:
It should be noted that Andresen has not formally retracted his statements and that