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Police Raid After Bitcoin ‘Creator’ Revealed

Hours after Wired & Gizmodo magazines claimed bitcoin was created by an “unknown Australian genius” called Craig Wright, his home is raided.


Police have raided the Sydney home of a man named as the likely creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin, according to the Reuters news agency.

Bitcoin’s code was released in 2009 under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto, and journalists and investors have been trying to track down the creator ever since.

On Wednesday afternoon around a dozen federal police officers raided the house after a locksmith broke open the door – just hours after Wired magazine named Craig Wright as the man responsible for bitcoin.

A Reuters reporter said officers told them that police were “clearing the house”.

Craig Wright

However the police force said in a statement that the move was not linked to “media reporting … about bitcoins”.

Instead it directed all inquiries to the Australian Tax Office, suggesting the raid could be linked to tax issues.

Wired magazine said their own investigations showed that Mr Wright was probably the secretive bitcoin creator.

They cited leaked emails, documents and archives from the Dark Web.

However, the magazine said their proof was not conclusive: “Despite a massive trove of evidence, we still can’t say with absolute certainty that the mystery is solved.

“Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did.”

Several publications have previously attempted to guess Nakamoto’s real identity, but no claims have proven conclusive.

The creator of bitcoin has around a million of them, worth more than £250m at current exchange rates.

Since its launch, bitcoin has grown from a digital novelty to a currency with a total value of around £3.3bn.

On The Trail Of Bitcoin’s Alleged Founder

After receiving a trove of leaked documents which allegedly linked Craig Wright to bitcoin, Wired magazine sent him an email saying they knew his secret.

He replied: “You are digging, the question is how deep are you? Regards, the Director of Tessier-Ashpool”

The name is a cyberpunk reference to William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy.

A few hours later a follow-up message arrived: “The nature of this moniker is selected for a purpose. I now have resources.

“This makes me a we now. I am still within that early phase of learning just what my capabilities happen to be. So, even now with resources I remain vulnerable. You seem to know a few things. More than you should.”

When Wired described the connections they had found, he replied: “Although we all desire some level of credit, I have moved past many of these things.

“Too many already know secrets, the world does not need to know. There are other means to lead change than to be a dictator.”

He eventually said he would consider a request for a meeting, before ending all contact.

Article source: http://news.sky.com/story/1602546/police-raid-after-bitcoin-creator-revealed


  1. He’s clearly an egomaniac.. he’s intentionally pushing that it is him with vague statements alluding to it but ultimately it’s doubtful. Likely he’s just a pseudo-intellectual (or genuine one) that gets his value from intellectual pursuit’s and therefore is craving the attention of his master intellect. You see this EXTREMELY commonly in academic circles. They have no other outlet to be renowned for so they create such constructs so you’re like “oh my god! it’s vague and he made a reference to literature! GENIUS! PURE GENUIS!” Comical.

  2. Looks like Asia and Eastern Europe boys will be showing off on sydneys news all december lolzzzzzzzzzzZZ

  3. Jack M. Launche D.D.S.

    It’s exciting to think it could really be SN. But already there have been people decrying the lack of real evidence. I wonder how this will pan out, or if this is a going to be a cycle that started with the senile Asian guy who now passes the gauntlet on to another guy in Australia, who will, who knows, pass it on to another guy when the media wants to take the public for a ride?

  4. Aussie pub`brawler

    generally speaking, Aussie courts are fair & reasonable;
    how-ever, Aussie cops can be just as corrupt as their Yank counter-parts and the Aussie media are congenital, syphillitic liars…..

    i’m betting that most if not all of “the charges” will be dropped by the DPP and if he fronts court on any, it’ll be a quick acquittal if the judge doesn’t dismiss out-right…..

  5. SIR Flower TOmato BARON Mun HUMBURG3R

    Greed out over gold turned in to tax fail, well played wednesday karma

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