When WIRED named Craig Wright Tuesday as the most likely suspect to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of bitcoin, we laid out two possibilities that outweighed any others: “Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did.” Three days later, new clues point to that second, strange scenario.
In mid-November, WIRED began receiving leaked material from a source close to Wright, including emails, transcripts, a trust agreement, and much more. It seemed to show a mountain of evidence that Wright, a computer security researcher and entrepreneur, had conceived of the cryptocurrency that would become bitcoin, released it with the help of his friend and confidant Dave Kleiman, and run a collection of computers to generate the more than one million coins believed to be held by Satoshi Nakamoto. (Separately, Gizmodo received its own overlapping but distinct collection of documents from a source it described as a hacker, who may or may not be the same as ours.) Those leaks led us to other independent evidence: three posts on Wright’s blog hinted at bitcoin’s creation and launch, a document on an accounting firm’s website