The Bizarre Saga of Craig Wright, the Latest “Inventor of Bitcoin”

On Tuesday, within a few hours of each other, Wired, and then Gizmodo, published articles contending that Satoshi Nakamoto, the name under which bitcoin was introduced to the world in November, 2008, is likely the pseudonym of an Australian information-security specialist named Craig Steven Wright. Both publications were working from anonymously sourced documents provided to them in November, and although both stopped short of expressing certainty Wired risked a headline proclaiming “Bitcoin’s Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is Probably This Unknown Australian Genius.”

Soon after, I asked Gavin

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