There’s a new candidate for the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous founder of Bitcoin. Reporters and Bitcoin aficionados have long looked for Nakamoto, who authored the initial specification for Bitcoin and participated in its early governance before disappearing from the community in 2011. Now, new reports in Wired and Gizmodo turn the spotlight on Craig Steven Wright, an Australian info-security professional who has been completely absent from the speculation thus far. The reports stop just shy of definitively naming Wright as Nakamoto, but position him as a leading candidate who has thus far been ignored.
The case for Wright relies on a cache of emails and other documents leaked to Wired and Gizmodo, although the authenticity of that cache is still very much in question. The emails paint a portrait of someone deeply involved cryptocurrency while often trying to hide his own involvement. One email shows Wright contemplating a Bitcoin-like currency as early as June 2008, while another seems to establish something called the Tulip Trust, which would contain Nakamoto’s known store of 1 million bitcoin. Blog posts written by Wright in 2008 and 2009 also refer to the creation of Bitcoin, with one even including a