Earlier this week, a scientist named Craig Wright stepped from the shadows and claimed to be the father of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. But now Wright is backtracking, sliding back into the proverbial shadows. The whole situation is very murky, because Wright still seems to suggest that he is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto, but has decided not to prove it. This follows an outcry from critics who didn’t believe the earlier news reports, which at first were so convinced that we, too, believed the search was over.
“I’m sorry,” Wright said in a recent blog post. “I thought I could do this. I believed that I could put the years of anonymity and hiding behind me. But, as the events of this week unfolded and I prepared to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys, I broke. I do not have the courage. I cannot.” Critics will no doubt take this quote as proof that he can’t publish the keys because he isn’t the real Satoshi Nakamoto, though Wright says nobody has been deceived.
“I know that this weakness will cause great damage to those that have supported me, and particularly to Jon Matonis and Gavin Andresen,” Wright said, naming two public faces in the Bitcoin community who confirmed Wright was Nakamoto. “I can only hope that their honour and credibility is not irreparably tainted by my actions. They were not deceived, but I know that the world will never believe that now. I can only say I’m sorry.”
And here we are – again lost. Either Wright created Bitcoin, as he says, but won’t prove it. Or Satoshi Nakamoto is still out there.