• Alexander Gunning, the lawyer for bitcoin developers, presented evidence that Craig Wright admitted to making new edits in his whitepaper.
  • The Crypto Open Patent Alliance is trying to prove that Wright’s claim of being the creator of bitcoin was a lie supported by forgeries.

Craig Wright, in his testimony on Friday, admitted that he had made changes to the Bitcoin whitepaper he submitted to the Crypto Open Patent Association (COPA).

The third week of the trial has concluded. COPA is trying to prove Wright’s claim that he is Satoshi is a lie, and they are being helped by Alexander Gunning, the lawyer for bitcoin developers.

Gunning demonstrated on Friday that Wright had made edits to his “LaTeX” files, which Wright confirmed was accurate. Wright claimed that the edits were a simple demonstration for Shoosmiths, his law firm.

Gunning told the student, “You did not show this to anyone. We know that you showed it to Shoosmiths at times, but you did it for yourself.”

Gunning said, “What you’re doing is tweaking parameters.. in order to make them fit” the layout of bitcoin whitepaper. Gunning stated that the file was only uploaded in November 2023.

Gunning concluded his questioning with the following: “Isn’t your claim that you are Satoshi Nakomoto a fraudulent claim? Wright denied.

Week Three

Wright’s testimony concluded the third week of trial. Wright’s lawyers had questioned some COPA witnesses.

Zooko Wilcox O’Hearn is a computer scientist who founded Zcash. He was asked on Thursday how well he knows Nakamoto. Wilcox stated that he would not call himself “pals with” the pseudonymous Bitcoin founder. In court documents, Wilcox said that he wasn’t sure if he ever had private conversations with Nakamoto.

Some witnesses felt more confident in their interactions with Nakamoto.

Marti Malmi, a computer scientist, spoke out on Wednesday to dispute the dates Wright had given for Malmi’s interactions with Nakamoto. Malmi released his email exchanges with Nakamoto later on X (formerly Twitter).

Wright stated in his witness testimony that Malmi had approached Nakamoto on Feb. 2009. Malmi, however, said that this was “incorrect” and that it was May 1, 2009 instead.

Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream, a bitcoin technology company, claimed in his first public statement that he had corresponded via email with someone claiming to be Nakamoto.

In his statement, he showed a message he received on August 20, 2008 from Nakamoto. He said that he intended to cite Back’s paper regarding a proof of work system. Back responded by sending additional resources.

Wright called Back’s interactions Nakamoto “dismissive,” but Back claimed that was incorrect.

Next week, experts will be interrogated.

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Nikhilesh De.