The bitcoin world reacted with a mixture disbelief, open scepticism and aloofness at the latest claims that Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym of Australian Craig S Wright.
While mainstream media commentators and observers lauded the pieces for their rigour, the bitcoin world appeared unconvinced that Wright is indeed the man behind the world's most popular cryptocurrency.
Wow. Wired’s Bitcoin creator scoop seems solid: https://t.co/VJjFzAhqsF
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) December 8, 2015
Jeff Garzik, who has communicated with Satoshi Nakamoto directly, produced a tweetstorm casting doubt on the Wired and Gizmodo claims, saying that he is "reasonably confident" that he has never met the bitcoin inventor in person.
Whistleblower group Wikileaks also issued a string of tweets saying that it refutes the claim that Wright is Satoshi.
The organisation said it "assessed that Craig S Wright is unlikely to be the principal coder" behind bitcoin's invention, based on Wright's views on PayPal and hacktivist group Anonymous espoused in articles he wrote in 2011.
Wright wrote an article in July 2011 at expert explainer site The Conversation saying that he hoped PayPal would not be hacked by groups like Anonymous, at a time when the payments company was blocking donations to Wikileaks.
In August, in another piece at The Conversation, Wright wrote:
R/Bitcoin was abuzz over the sensational claims, although the mood was decidedly sceptical. R3CEV's Tim Swanson perhaps summed it up best in this tweet:
if u were 2 wager some blockchainshares on a prediction market high odds that Craig Wright tried to pull a long con: https://t.co/ndYMtGVLXG
— Tim Swanson (@ofnumbers) December 9, 2015
Popper tweeted that he was contacted by someone who wanted to "dox" Wright but that he didn't find the claims convincing at the time.
He said Wright's writing style didn't match Satoshi's understated and spare method. He also noted that Satoshi was a good speller where Wright, apparently, is not.
In a review of Popper's book, left on Amazon this September, Wright expressed his unhappiness about the "assumption that SN must be a bloody yank", and criticised the analysis of Satoshi's identity as "too limited".
Wright apparently wrote:
Perhaps the most succinct sentiment around the claims that a little known Australian man is bitcoin's creator was expressed by former Bitcoin Foundation executive director Patrick Murck, who tweeted:
Another day and I still don't care who Satoshi is
— Patrick Murck (@virtuallylaw) December 8, 2015
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