Craig Steven Wright, the man claiming to be mysterious Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto, is abruptly withdrawing from public life. Wright posted today that he would offer no more evidence to prove his identity, just days after he publicly claimed the Satoshi mantle in a series of coordinated articles. Wright’s claims were greeted with intense skepticism from many in the Bitcoin community, who saw Wright as a con man using the Satoshi identity for personal gain. Wright had a number of prominent supporters within the Bitcoin community, including Jon Matonis and Gavin Andresen, both of whom maintain unequivocally that Wright truly is Satoshi.
As recently as yesterday, Wright had promised new evidence that would definitively prove his identity as Bitcoin’s creator, writing that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” In particular, Wright had pledged to transfer funds from one of Bitcoin’s early blocks. While not definitive proof, that demonstration would have been by far the strongest evidence ever provided about Satoshi’s true identity.
There won’t be an on-chain signing from early bitcoin blocks, but there also won’t be another Satoshi.
— Jon Matonis (@jonmatonis) May 5, 2016