One thing for sure: The e-mail was fake
In response to this e-mail’s filing and Wright’s subsequent motion that it be stricken from evidence, an expert witness has filed an affidavit on behalf of the plaintiffs.
Dr. Matthew J. Edman, a cybersecurity researcher who previously helped the FBI acquire Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht’s Bitcoin stash, testifies that the e-mail was certifiably fake.
Counsel for Plaintiff also provided me with the file DEF_00030487.mht, which appears to be a copy of an email sent from the Defendant to himself and that I understand was produced by the Defendant in discovery. The content of the email is identical to the content of ECF No. [144-1], including the PGP signature. The email was sent on April 16, 2014 at 10:22 PM UTC6 according to the date in the email’s header. If this time is adjusted to UTC+10, it shows that the Defendant sent this email to himself on April 17, 2014, at approximately 8:22 AM, i.e., about two minutes before ECF No. [144-1] was created and six minutes before it was last modified.
(Read the full affidavit below.)
Dave Kleiman reportedly died in 2013, about two years before Craig Wright came on the scene claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto. The intent of filing the e-mail is unclear. Reportedly, Wright wants to paint a picture of Kleiman acting in bad faith, attempting to subvert his rights to shared assets.
Even more damning than the timestamps on the e-mails, and not mentioned by the expert witness (whose sole job was to inform the court of the falsification of the e-mail), is the fact that Dave Kleiman allegedly spelled his name wrong – if we’re to accept that this e-mail was ever sent by Kleiman at all.
Bitcoin SV supporters have concocted a theory that Dave Kleiman himself faked the e-mail, despite this obvious flaw in such an argument.
That Wright allegedly forged this e-mail so many years ago is evidence of a long-thought-out strategy. He had to have known that his assertion of being Satoshi Nakamoto would come with legal battles, including from the Kleiman estate, who believe Wright hijacked more than 1 million BTC.
Next year, allegedly, a fund called the “Tulip Trust” is set to become available to Wright.
At this point it is unclear whether Wright will be out of court or not, and whether he will have the right to such coins, supposing they exist. When the “Tulip Trust” matures, it may be court-ordered directly to the Kleiman estate.
As previously reported, submitting false evidence is potentially a felony in Florida.
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