Craig Wright, a computer scientist and self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, has been serving people with legal notices for harassing him with tweets or comments. The barrage of lawsuits began with Hodlonaut, a Twitter user who seemed to have started the hashtag “CraigWrightIsAFraud.” Wright continued to serve more legal notices to several others like Peter McCormack and Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin.
Peter McCormack, Host of “What Bitcoin Did” podcast, got a legal notice from Craig Wright’s lawyers, detailing a couple of tweets by McCormack where he called Craig Wright a fraud. The letter stated,
“We strongly suggest that you take legal advice upon the contents of this letter, which is written in compliance with the Pre Action Protocol for Defamation applicable to claims in the High Court of England and Wales.”
The letter stated that McCormack’s tweets were libelous, abusive and defamatory. The letter required McCormack to “delete all tweets and other online or other publications in which you alleged that our client [Craig Wright] had fraudulently claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto.” Moreover, the letter also asked McCormack to not repeat the same again, be it on Twitter or on any other platform. Wright also expected McCormack to apologize to him in open court and acknowledge the falsity of his allegations.
The letter concluded by stating,
“In the event that you do not comply with the above requirements, our client will bring proceedings against you in this jurisdiction for libel.”
McCormack replied to this letter in a series of tweets, blatantly rejecting the requirements and trolling Wright and Calvin Ayre in subsequent tweets.
1/ So I got my letter from Craig Wright and @CalvinAyre. This is what they are sending out to people, now you can all see.
I absolutely reject their requirements.
(PS I don’t recommend anyone else does this). pic.twitter.com/olpLUdwDyM
— Peter McCormack (@PeterMcCormack) April 12, 2019
Peter McCormack received support from the community in the form of donations, indicating that the crypto community was coming together to support McCormack and Hodlonaut. The former asked his supporters to redirect their donations to the crowdfunding campaign set up for Hodlonaut.
Binance’s CEO, CZ, also had an opinion on the steps taken by Ayre and Wright. He tweeted,
Craig Wright is not Satoshi.
Anymore of this sh!t, we delist! //t.co/hrnt3fDACq
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) April 12, 2019
Other prominent users to come out to support Hodlonaut were Monero’s Fluffypony and Bitcoin enthusiasts like Udi Wertheimer.
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