The real identity of Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, has always been shrouded in mystery. While many have come forward to claim the identity for themselves, none have conclusively proven it. nChain’s Craig Wright is the most famous of these claimants. However, he is not the only one. Phil “Scronty” Wilson has now come forward on Crypto Finder, reiterating his claims to the pseudonym.
This isn’t the first time the Kiwi computer programmer is staking his claim to the pseudonym. In fact, he has been doing so since publishing a story titled “Bitcoin Origins”, wherein he stated that he was part of the team behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, a team that also included Craig Wright and David Kleiman.
Wilson’s claims had previously been disqualified over the fact that he couldn’t present any evidence to back his claims. In fact, even the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright, who Wilson claims were his partner in the project has categorically rejected these claims.
Speaking on Crypto Finder, Wilson claimed that the “team” had always intended to reveal the identity of Bitcoin’s creators slowly, in light of the dubious legality of the brand-new currency. He said,
“It was better to be safe than wearing an orange suit.”
However, Bitcoin’s link to the WikiLeaks scandal “kicked the hornet’s nest”, he claimed. Citing the efforts of many in the early days of the cryptosphere to de-anonymise Nakamoto, Wilson said that the team resisted the urge to spend even one Bitcoin from those 2009, 2010 addresses. Wilson also stated that the team was cautious in the face of any action by “three letter agencies”.
During the interview, Wilson also spoke about Craig Wright, reiterating his claims that nChain’s Chief Scientist was part of the trio behind the creation of the world’s premier cryptocurrency. Despite much of the cryptocurrency community disputing Wright’s own claims of being Satoshi Nakamoto, Wilson claimed that there may be another reason why Wright was unable to produce any evidence to support his claims.
“The fear I put into him about deleting all the information so if anyone grabs him there’s no proof… looks like it might’ve actually happened.”
While Wilson continued to speak about his role in the creation of Bitcoin, he conceded that he was unable to prove the same since,
“I can’t do any proving, because I’ve got no data, no emails or any of that.”