Bitcoin: The Rise & Rise of Craig Wright

11 min readOct 22, 2022
Craig Wright discusses what Bitcoin is at Sydney’s Informa Conference 2014

2007.Sep.15 — (prior to The Bitcoin White Paper release 2008.Oct.31) Craig Wright published a White Paper, under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, titled An In-depth Analysis of Proof-of-Work Calculations in the Hashcoin White Paper: Exploring Alternative Strategies.
Within the paper, technology now called “blockchain”, is first described as “TimeChain”.

2007.Oct.30 — (prior to The Bitcoin White Paper release 2008.Oct.31) Craig Wright published a paper for Northumbria University titled: Payments Providers and Intermediaries as Defined in the Law of the Internet

2008.Jan.14 —(prior to The Bitcoin White Paper release 2008.Oct.31) Craig Wright publishes a paper to the SANS Institute for GIAC Certification titled: Electronic Contracting In An Insecure World. The paper contains information on what is now known, in relation to blockchain technology, as “Smart Contracts”.

2008.Aug.17 — The domain name was registered.
2008.Aug.18 — The domain name was registered.

2008.Oct.31 — The Bitcoin White Paper was released to a cryptographic mailing list at 18:10 UTC.

2008.Oct.31 — The pseudonymous author of the Bitcoin White Paper, ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, plagiarised Craig Wright’s work from his paper for Northumbria University in the publication of the Bitcoin White Paper using this exact sentence structure: “a purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a…

2009.Jan.03 — Satoshi Nakamoto mined the the Bitcoin Genesis block at height zero. Embedded in the coinbase data of the Genesis block was the text: “The Times 03/Jan/2009. Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.”

2009.Jan.08–14:27:40 EST, the software to & code for Bitcoin v0.1 was first released

2010.Apr.7 — Gavin Andresen meets Dr Craig Wright in London for a “proof session”. Craig Wright proved he has possession of the private keys to Bitcoin block no.1 by signing a message using the private keys.

2010.Jun.17 — Craig Write, as Satoshi Nakamoto, famously wrote: “The nature of Bitcoin is such that once version 0.1 was released, the core design was set in stone for the rest of its lifetime.”

2010.Jul.15 — Craig Wright, as Satoshi, installed a 1mb block cap after being pressured by Hal Finney to do so since Hal was unfamiliar with the nature of Bitcoin’s economic model.
The limit was originally Hal Finney’s idea. Both Satoshi and I objected that it wouldn’t scale at 1MB.” — Ray Dillinger

2010.Jul.29 — Craig Write, as Satoshi Nakamoto, famously wrote: “If you don’t believe me or don’t get it, I don’t have time to try to convince you, sorry.”

2011.Apr.23 — Under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright wrote in one of his final emails to Mike Hearn: “I’ve moved on to other things. It’s in good hands with Gavin and everyone.” Gavin being Gavin Andresen…

2011.Jun.09 — David Kleiman acknowledges a transfer of ₿ 1,100,111 Bitcoin from Craig Wright for the purposes of creating a trust, scheduled to be returned to Craig Wright on 2020.01.01.

2011.Nov.25 — What is regarded as the worlds first ever Bitcoin conference took place in Prague, Czech Republic, titled: EUROPEAN BITCOIN CONFERENCE 2011, PRAGUE NOV 25–27.

2013.May.17 — The first Bitcoin conference in San Jose, California, USA, took place called ‘The Future of Payments’.

2014.Feb.18 — Transcript of proceedings take place at the Australian Taxation Office involving Craig Wright discussing Bitcoin…

p24 point 10, Wright: “Yes. I don’t want to run something that we have 100,000 bitcoin one day and the next day. oops, it’s gone.” CSW

p26 point 10, Wright: “My understanding was that Mr Ferrier didn’t actually want any bitcoin. He wanted the monetary value that he was going to get from these other guys for doing all the stuff, these things, so he was going — -” CSW

p27 point 10, Wright: “I did my best to try and hide the fact that I’ve been running bitcoin since 2009 but I think it’s getting — most — by the end of this I think half the world is going to bloody know.” CSW

2014.Jun.03 — Craig Wright appears on CGTN America to provide an experts opinion on how to secure cyber systems

2014.Jul.10 — Craig Wright is interviewed by Dale Dickins at Australia’s first ever Bitcoin conference in Melbourne called, ‘Inside Bitcoin Conference’, 9th-10th July, 2014. The 3 part series by Dale was called: ‘The Bitcoin Doco’.

2014.Jul.24 — Craig Wright appears at the inaugural Informa Conference in Sydney, Australia, July 24–25, 2014. Entitled ‘Cryptocon Conference and Barcamp’.

2015.Oct.29 — Bitcoin Investor Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 29–30, 2015. Craig Wright explains to Nick Zabo, & the watching world, for the first time that Bitcoin script is Turing Complete through the use of control loops, making Bitcoin a general purpose computing language.

2015.Dec.08 — Wired Magazine publishes an article titled: ‘Is Bitcoin’s Creator this Unknown Australian Genius?’

2015.Dec.09 — Gizmodo Magazine publishes an article that evidences Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin, titled: ‘Here’s All the Evidence That Craig Wright Invented Bitcoin’.

2015.Dec.09 — Australian Police raid the home of Craig Wright in relation to being the man behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator & inventor of Bitcoin.

2016.Dec.02 — Gavin Andresen, creator of the Bitcoin Foundation & the individual known to have inherit the role of lead developer for Bitcoin off of Satoshi Nakamoto publishes a blog post titled: ‘I believe Craig Steven Wright is the person who invented Bitcoin.’

2016.Dec.02 — John Matonis, monetary economist, co-founding director of the Bitcoin Foundation & Chief Economist at Cypherpunk Holdings, published a Medium article titled: ‘How I Met Satoshi’, and names Craig Wright as the creator of Bitcoin.

2016.May.02 — Wired Magazine publishes an article naming Craig Wright as the inventor of Bitcoin titled: ‘How Craig Wright Privately, Proved, He Created Bitcoin’.

2016.May.02 — Gizmodo Magazine publishes an article quoting Gavin Andresen as saying “I Was Not Hacked, and I Believe Craig Wright Is Satoshi”.

2016.May.02 — The Economist Publishes an article referencing the claim that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin.

2016.May.02 — The BBC Publishes an article referencing the claim that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin.

2016.May.02–04: Gavin Andresen gives an interview to the BBC at the ‘btc2016 Blockchain Technology Conference’, New York, saying that he met up with & was shown cryptographic proof, “beyond a reasonable doubt”, by Craig Wright, in London, that he possessed the private key from the very first Bitcoin block.

2016.May.02–04: Gavin Andresen gives a testimony on stage at the BTC16 Blockchain Technology Conference, New York, that Craig Wright showed him cryptographic proof that he possessed the private key to the very first, ever mined Bitcoin block known to be mined by Satoshi Nakamoto.

2016.Jun.30 — Andrew O’Hagan publishes a book titled: ‘The Satoshi Affair’ that names Craig Wright as the creator of Bitcoin & the man behind the pseudonymous author of the Bitcoin White Paper, Satoshi Nakamoto.

2017.May.02 — Gavin Andresen Tweets “I was wrong; stay away from Blockstream, Greg (Maxwell) and Samson (Mow) are toxic trolls.”

2017.Jun.30 — John Matonis introduces Craig Wright to the audience at the ‘Future of Bitcoin Conference 2017- Arnhem, Netherlands’, as “Mr Bitcoin Dundee”.

2017.Jun.30 — Craig Wright explains the meaning of the message he put into the Bitcoin genesis block that read: Chancellor on brink of second bailout for Banks.
“They were considering buying the toxic assets. The government was saying: ‘The naughty banks, who we’ve just given $billion’s to, refuse to change their business model & risk their money. Again, and if they don’t do it, we’re going to buy them, & nationalise them.’ So, great, we’re going to incentive banks further to make crappier loans. What a great thing.” — Craig Wright.

2017.Jul.20 — “At the end of the day, we own a lot of Bitcoin. The simple thing is, if we make the network scale, if we make it bigger, my main compensation, more than anything anyone could ever pay me, is, the price of Bitcoin goes up. So, that’s my pure drive. I want Bitcoin not to go up to $10,000, or $100,000. I want it to be worth $million’s, per Bitcoin. That’s it & that’s what we spend money for. Very simple.” — CSW, Tokyo 20th July 2017

2019.Apr.11 — Dr Craig Wright was granted U.S copyright registration of the Bitcoin White Paper.

“U.S. copyright registration no. TXu 2–136–996, effective date April 11, 2019, for the paper entitled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, with year of completion 2008. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.”

2019.Apr.13 — Dr Craig Wright was granted U.S copyright of the Bitcoin computer program.

“U.S. copyright registration no. TX-8–708–058, effective date April 13, 2019, for computer program entitled Bitcoin, with year of completion 2009 and date of first publication January 3, 2009. The registration recognizes the author as Craig Steven Wright, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright wrote most of version 0.1 of the Bitcoin client software, and the registration covers the portions he authored.”

2020.Jan.14 — Confirmation that the keys to the Tulip Trust were returned to Dr Craig Wright via bonded courier.

2020.Feb.26 — In a court examination Gavin Andresen admits he was convinced “beyond reasonable doubt” in thinking that Craig Wright was Satoshi Nakamoto: “…you walked away from the meeting, beyond reasonable doubt, thinking Craig is Satoshi? A. Yes.
Q. And that was April 7th?
A. Yes.” p119
“…he bamboozled me about the gobbledygook proof, but I still think it’s most likely that he did not bamboozle me during the signing ceremony.
Q. And he really does have possession of the private key to block 9?
A. I still think it’s more likely than not that he does.” p163

2021.Jun.28 — London’s High Court grants Dr Craig Wright, via default judgment, copyright ownership of the Bitcoin White Paper as the defendant, Cøbra, opted not to defend the claim.

2021.Dec.06 — A Florida jury found that Dr Craig Wright did not owe half of 1.1 million bitcoins to the family of David Kleiman, in a court case that saw Ira Kleiman, as the personal representative of the Estate of Dave Kleiman, the Plaintiff, v. Craig Wright, the Defendant.

2022.Aug.01 — U.K High Court Judge, Martin Chamberlain, ruled that comments made by podcaster Peter McCormack, calling Dr Craig Wright “a liar” and “a fraud” in 2019, caused “serious harm” to Wright’s reputation.

2022.Oct.21 — The last of the patents related to Bitcoin scaling were filed. Research demonstrates Bitcoin can scale to over 10^¹¹ TPS, with costs under $0.00001 USD a standard TX, 100x lower than any other transaction processing system ever created.

2023.Feb.09 — A UK High Court judge permits two points of claim for Dr Craig Wright on: 1) Bitcoin Database Infringement Right, &, 2) Copyright infringement of the Bitcoin white paper.

“I was and am satisfied that the claims in database right and of infringement of copyright in the White Paper raise serious issues to be tried and therefore service out of the jurisdiction of those claims should be permitted,” wrote the Judge.

The judge did not permit a 3rd claim over copyright in the defendants “Bitcoin file format” because the SegWit file format the defendants had created was an alternative file format to Bitcoin.

2023.Sep.18 — The U.K. High Court rejected an appeal from Cøbra, saying that allowing the pseudonymous operator of to participate in post-judgment costs proceedings would be an infringement on open justice. Cøbra’s appeal to do so was denied. Held: that an anonymous defendant cannot make costs submissions without revealing themselves. The Justice quoted the 2016 U.K. Supreme Court decision of R (on the application of C) v Secretary of State for Justice.

2023.Nov.04 — COPA entered Particulars of their claim and pointed out on page 29, point ID_000073, Statistics Assessment homework, that Craig had altered a sentence in a written work for Northumbria University on 17th September 2005 that, “contains hidden embedded content indicating that the content was copied directly from the Bitcoin White Paper”. The Bitcoin White Paper was released on 31st October 2008. COPA claims that the new sentence in the work submitted on 28th October 2005 is, “a genuine document”, & happens to “contains language similar to that found in the Bitcoin White Paper.”

This insinuates that Dr Craig Wright travelled forward in time from 17th September 2005 to copy works written by the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ on 31st October 2008, & then travelled back in time to 28th October 2005 in order to plagiarise Satoshi Nakamoto in his work for Northumbria University.

The simple explanation is that Dr Craig Wright was creating works back in 2005 in preparation for releasing & publishing the Bitcoin White Paper publicly 31st October 2008.

2023.Nov.19 — The Times News Paper publishes an article titled: Who is the real Satoshi Nakamoto? Scientist fights to prove he’s bitcoin creator. Craig Wright is taking on Twitter’s founder and other tech giants at the High Court. The prize is becoming one of the world’s richest men.

2023.Dec.20 — Judgment on the issues raised at the pre-trial review (PTR) held on Friday 15th December 2023 released.

2024.Jan.15 — The date set for COPA vs Craig Wright (The largest court case in financial history).

2024.Jan.15 — Tulip Trading & chain developers:

2024.Jan.24 — Dr Craig Wright issues settlement offer to COPA members and all parties in upcoming intellectual property litigation.

24th January (2024): COPA rejects Craig Wright’s offer — The Best Place To Buy Bitcoin SV Online. The original protocol & genuine Bitcoin.