New Satoshi Challenger Tells All — But Is He Legit?

Interview

Just recently we reported on new information concerning the hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto. Following a summary of suspects, we ended the report with the first part of an interview with a man who believes he was a member of the Satoshi Nakamoto group. Unfortunately, Phil Wilson, the man who says he was an original Satoshi Nakamoto member, alongside Craig Wright and David Kleiman, has no verifiable proof because at the time he was afraid of a government crackdown. To continue where we left off during our last article, we chatted with Wilson to hear more of his story.

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Phil Wilson Claims He is 1/3rd Satoshi Nakamoto

New Satoshi Challenger Tells All — But Is He Legit?Phil Wilson aka ‘Scronty.’

According to Phil Wilson, a man who claims to be a member of the Satoshi Nakamoto group, he is a self-taught software programmer and cryptographer. Last year Wilson published a story called ‘Bitcoin Origins,’ asserting he is 1/3 of the Satoshi Nakamoto group. After the story was published, nobody really took notice until New York Times journalist Nathaniel Popper tweeted about the story on February 13. However, Popper and many other members of the Bitcoin community dismissed Wilson’s origin story when Martti Malmi, an early developer and one of the older owners of Bitcoin.org, said, it “Never happened. Also: signature or GTFO.”

New Satoshi Challenger Tells All — But Is He Legit?Nathaniel Popper tweets about Wilson’s origins story then explains in the following tweet that Martti Malmi told him it was not true.

Craig Wright also calls Phil Wilson a fraud and a ‘Scam-toshi,’ and has stated earlier on that Wilson (aka ‘Scronty’) has not had any involvement with the creation of Bitcoin. A Disqus profile that allegedly belongs to Wright also shows him telling Wilson that he is “scamming and no, there is no project Prometheus.” As we mentioned during our prior report, Wright has spoken out about Wilson again this week calling ‘Scronty’ a scammer and an extortionist, and this September Wright says he plans to publish proof of this claim. Following these statements, Wright also wrote another tweet in regards to Wilson’s claims. 

“There is a reason why Phil Wilson is in none of the communications, yet he knows details of Bitcoin (with critical mistakes),” explains Wright on September 1. “Company hard drives were taken and sold by an ex-employee in 2015. Never trust all you steal. We added false info as ‘Easter eggs’ for just this reason.”

Phil Wilson still confirms that his story is legitimate and believes he has every right to tell it, even without evidence. He doesn’t care that people consider him a ‘nutter in the corner of the web,’ and believes his origin stories are meaningful to the history of Bitcoin’s early days. The fact is, there are many suspects involved with the Satoshi Nakamoto mystery, and even some who straight up claim to be Nakamoto or a part of the group. But so far no person claiming to be Satoshi has proven themselves to the satisfaction of the general public, because most of the evidence has been circumstantial and some say contrived. Here is the remainder of our 2-hour discussion with Phil Wilson otherwise known as ‘Scronty.’ 

‘Without Verifiable Proof, No-One Can Claim to be Satoshi’ 

News.Bitcoin.com (BC): I’m sure you’ve seen Craig’s recent comments. What do you have to say about them?

Phil Wilson (PW): Craig seems to be a tad aggressive towards a supposed ‘no-body.’ 

BC: Ok. But you say you worked with Craig and Dave?

PW: I initially was trying to help Craig with his attempt at an electronic cash. I left his project in mid-May 2008 when it became apparent that it would never work. Then I started my own project in early June 2008 and got Dave and Craig to help me with it.

BC: That would be the original client? 

PW: Yep — What everyone knows as Bitcoin evolved out of my project, not Craig’s. Practically nothing from his code was left. Only the generic crypto functions were taken from his codebase (which was copy/ pasted from elsewhere). The white paper he’d been working on from before 2007 was effectively thrown out. It was complete junk. Just a mish-mash of other people’s white papers.

BC: You say you have no hard evidence though to corroborate with your story. Is this true? Only you do say that if someone contacts ‘Bitboy’ he would know about the logo creation and could confirm your origins story. But Bitboy doesn’t seem to be around anymore at least not since 2015.

PW: Correct. Last Bitboy activity on Bitcointalk board appears to be late 2015. He’s a Chinese native living abroad. I’m pretty sure he was only one time zone away from me, so it’s likely he was in Indonesia. 

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