The crypto world was set abuzz on Monday when a Twitter account claiming to belong to Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin, resurfaced after a lengthy pause.
The Twitter account, dormant since 2018, broke its silence on Monday with a cryptic message that read, “Bitcoin is a predicate machine. Over the following months, we shall explore different aspects that were not explicitly contained within the white paper. These aspects are all parts of Bitcoin and are important. Some of these ideas were touched upon in the early years; now is the time to extrapolate and explain.”
This tweet sent shockwaves through the crypto sphere, with many questioning its authenticity. As of Tuesday morning, the tweet had garnered over 4.5 million impressions, but it has not been without controversy.
Christen Ager-Hanssen, the former CEO of nChain and a former associate of Craig Wright, a self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator, cast doubt on the account’s legitimacy.
“Isn’t it a coincident that Satoshi account is used during this time when I expose Craig? That account has been taken over by Craig. The previous owner is a Craig Wright fanboy Andyrowe. Don’t be fooled guys!” tweeted Hanssen.
Ager-Hanssen’s claims come from his recent resignation as the Group CEO of blockchain technology company nChain. In a scathing announcement following his departure, he alleged a conspiracy to defraud nChain shareholders, raising concerns about the identity of the ultimate beneficiary shareholder and shadow directors’ influence on the company’s chairman.
The most explosive revelation from Ager-Hanssen was his assertion of compelling evidence against Dr. Craig Wright, who has long claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Ager-Hanssen suggested that Wright had manipulated documents to deceive courts about his identity as Satoshi, casting serious doubts on his claims.
Questions about Wright’s identity have persisted within the cryptocurrency community, with many calling on him to sign a transaction using Satoshi’s Bitcoins as proof. However, Wright has consistently refused to do so, even in legal proceedings.
In a further blow to Wright’s credibility, as per an email leaked by Hanssen, Calvin Ayre, a prominent supporter of Wright, expressed doubts about the ongoing court case, suggesting that unless Wright signs a transaction using Satoshi’s Bitcoins, he may lose one of his most significant backers.
Meanwhile, as conversations surrounding the Monday tweet continue to swirl, Twitter took action by flagging the ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Twitter account, cautioning users against trusting the account. “Craig Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, but has been proven to be a fraud. He controls this account and it should not be trusted,” the warning read.