Charlie Lee of Litecoin (LTC) Joins Ethereum’s (ETH) Vitalik Buterin in Calling Craig Wright a Fraud
The cryptocurrency world is starting to close ranks against self-proclaimed “Satoshi Nakamoto”, Australian computer scientist Craig Wright. In 2016 Wright claimed that he was Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, though his evidence was largely dismissed as fraudulent.
Litecoin’s founder Charlie Lee is one of many in the cryptocurrency world frustrated at how much attention is still given to Wright, who is currently involved with nChain, a blockchain research company, and is a prominent exponent of Bitcoin Cash. Lee has now publicly described Wright as “a fraud” and says that he “will not attend or speak at any conference that invites CSW to speak”.
Craig S Wright’s talks and papers are filled with illogical technobabble (h/t @PeterRizun) and his Satoshi proof is fraudulent. He’s a fraud. Why give this guy a platform?
I will not attend or speak at any conference that invites CSW to speak.
Speak out if you agree! #NoCSW
— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) 5 April 2018
Lee’s statement is in line with the views of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. Buterin this week called Wright “crazy” and while at the Deconomy conference in Seoul asked from the audience, “why is this fraud allowed to speak at this conference?”
— yuzushioh (@yuzushioh) April 3, 2018
The answer, according to many in the cryptocurrency world, is that Bitmain, a Bitcoin Cash favouring mining hardware manufacturer, is a sponsor of the conference.
Emin Gün Sirer, a Professor at Cornell and co-director of IC3, the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts, said that for once the cryptocurrency community could agree about something: a dismissal of Craig Wright.
Right now, I have BTC, BCH, ETH and ZCash devs in my mentions, all roundly ridiculing Craig Wright’s technobabble.
Cryptocurrencies have never been as united. Thank you, Craig, for the amazing job you’ve done. 🙂
— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) 3 April 2018
Lee has also started the #NoCSW hashtag to get some momentum behind the anti-Wright campaign. Using the hashtag, Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream and CEO of gaming company Pixelmatic, revealed that he spoke with Buterin at the Deconomy conference about how “something needs to be done about CSW”.
— Samson Mow (@Excellion) 5 April 2018</blockquote>
Wright has not responded directly to the accusations, though he said today that, “I should not react, but I am human” and that “I work to be more, I fail, but I try and grow and try again”.
We are all human and we are all flawed.
I don’t apologise to the few people I reacted to, I apologise to all others. I should not react, but I am human. Attacks without substance hurt, and we should rise above them.
I work to be more, I fail, but I try and grow and try again.
— Dr Craig S Wright (@ProfFaustus) 6 April 2018
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