Gavin Andresen’s statement in the Kleiman case vs. Wright reveals numerous new details about Craig Wright’s efforts to prove that he is Satoshi Nakamoto. The statement includes questions about the test session in which Wright reportedly signed a message with a private key from an early Bitcoin block.
The declaration took place on February 26 and 27, 2020. Although Kleiman’s lawyer Velvel Freedman asked Andresen dozens of questions, Andresen had little to do with his own care in authenticating Wright’s claims.
We have grouped the questions and answers by topic to make them more consistent.
He didn’t talk about Satoshi Nakamoto.
The first set of questions relates to the first face-to-face meeting between Andresen and Wright. The answer to all of these questions was “no”:
1. During one of these conversations, did you ask him why he disappeared in 2011?
2. Have you ever understood why you felt like a bond villain when you started a Bitcoin company?
3. Did you ask where all of your coins ended up?
The signing ceremony
The next questions concern to the actual signing ceremony, where Wright was able to sign a message with a private Bitcoin key (BTC) according to Andresen’s story. Andresen’s responses to the following were negative:
4. Did you accompany the assistant with the purchase of the new computer?
5. When you returned the computer, how did you check whether it was sealed at the factory?
6. Can you guarantee that no Craig known code has been installed on the computers that checked the message?
7. And who / did you suggest using Electrum?
8. Did you compare the hash summary of the download with something you brought independently?
9. Can you guarantee that an authentic version of Electrum has been used for this signing event?
10. Do you remember how Craig Wright saved the public / private key to lock?
Craig Wright owes Andresen Bitcoin
After the failed public test ceremony, a new plan was discussed. According to the statement, Andresen would send Bitcoin to one of the addresses associated with Block 9, which was presumably controlled by Wright. Once confirmed, Wright would send the coins back to Andresen. Andresen fulfilled his obligation, while Wright never fulfilled his. Eventually, all of the public test calls were silenced after Wright’s alleged suicide attempt.
11. Have you ever sent them back?
12. Does he owe you money?
A. Well, the money is still there in block 9. I think it would be half. 11 Bitcoin, because my favorite number is 11, I think so.
Wright’s alleged fortune
Apparently, part of Wright’s plan to recruit Andresen was to bomb him with claims to enormous wealth, both in Bitcoin and in Fiat. In the emails for Andresen, he kept talking about how his apparent wealth complicated his life. Andresen never raised questions to clarify Wright’s ambiguous claims. Andresen answered “No” to each of the following questions:
13. Do you know what he meant when he said his business was in some way a “front”?
14. Have you ever understood what he meant by that?
15. Have you ever asked him how he got a hundred / over a hundred million dollar fortune?
A bad decision, stupid mistakes, frustration
Finally, Wright not only apparently admitted to being a scam, but also mentioned the mistakes he had made and are still haunting him in the present. Andresen answered “No” to all of the following questions:
16. Then you didn’t learn what these incredible mistakes were. Did you find out what his really stupid mistakes were?
17. Do you know what he meant by “bad decisions”?
18. Did you ask him what really stupid mistakes he made?
19. Do you know why he said “frustration” should be his middle name?
20. Didn’t you ask him if the theft of Bitcoin has anything to do with these bad decisions?
We may never know why the man who makes the best possible substitute for Satoshi Nakamoto has been so indifferent in his every interaction with Craig Wright.
Since then, Andresen has been asked to witness the next trial, which will begin in late August.