The Wallet From 2009 Which Became Active Yesterday Was On Craig Wright’s List Of 16,000 Bitcoin Addresses That He Provided To The Court, And This Puts Wright Between A Rock And A Hard Place

May 22, 2020 / by Crypto.IQ

Yesterday a Bitcoin (BTC) wallet that has been inactive since February 9 2009 suddenly came to life and sent 10 Bitcoins (BTC), sparking speculation that Satoshi had returned and was getting ready to dump his coins. One of the most interesting aspects of this situation however is that Craig Wright is now in a sticky situation due to this single Bitcoin (BTC) transaction.

Essentially, Wright has been in a long court battle with the Estate of Dave Kleiman, and Wright provided the court with a list of 16,000 Bitcoin (BTC) addresses that he claims to own. The Bitcoin (BTC) wallet from 2009 which just came to life has the address 17XiVVooLcdCUCMf9s4t4jTExacxwFS5uh, and lo and behold, this address is on Wright’s list.

There’s only two scenarios for what happens next, and they are both bad for Wright. First and foremost, Wright has been claiming that he does not have the private keys to the 16,000 wallets that he owns, and therefore cannot access his own Bitcoin (BTC).

Therefore, if this address really is Wright’s, then Wright will be guilty of perjury since this would mean that Wright lied about not having access to his Bitcoin (BTC).

The other scenario is that this is not Wright’s wallet, and if that is the case then Wright will be found guilty of perjury because he lied about owning this address. If this scenario unfolds, then it seems likely that many more, or maybe even all, of the 16,000 addresses that Wright provided to the court are not really his.

Thus, a single Bitcoin (BTC) transaction from an ancient wallet has thrown a monkey wrench into Wright’s legal defense, and it’s going to be very hard for him to wiggle out of this predicament.


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