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UK court calls man claiming to have invented Bitcoin a liar

Judge Mellor ruled that Craig Wright (pictured) lied “extensively and repeatedly” about being Satoshi Nakamoto. | Photo by Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

Australian computer scientist Craig Wright lied “extensively and repeatedly” to courts and committed forgery “on a grand scale” in efforts to falsely claim that he invented Bitcoin, a judge at London’s High Court ruled on Monday.

Wright has long claimed to be “Satoshi Nakamoto” — the pseudonym used by the author of Bitcoin’s 2008 foundational white paper. Very little is known about the mysterious cryptocurrency creator, though they’re widely presumed to be the largest holder of Bitcoin, controlling an estimated 1.1 million BTC (worth roughly $77 billion at the time of writing).

Satoshi’s identity was connected to Wright in reports published by Gizmodo and Wired in 2015, though the latter publication noted that some of the clues that…

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