Unfortunately for curious followers of this bizarre legal drama, federal magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart sealed the files. This means that the crypto-sphere will have to wait a little longer before they can see proof of Wright’s claims that he’s the inventor of bitcoin.
Judge Directed Craig Wright to Show Proof
As CCN reported, Judge Reinhart ordered Wright to produce a list of all the bitcoin he mined prior to Dec. 31, 2013. Reinhart made the ruling in response to a motion filed in March 2019 by the estate of computer genius Dave Kleiman.
Kleiman was a colleague and friend of Craig Wright until his untimely death in 2013. Kleiman’s estate claims that Wright stole Kleiman’s share of the 1.1 million bitcoin they had mined together between 2009 and 2013.
That bitcoin stash was worth $10 billion in 2018 when Kleiman’s estate sued Wright. The estate is demanding at least $5 billion from Wright — or half the value of the Wright/Kleiman bitcoin stash.
Last week, the judge told Wright to produce a list of his bitcoin holdings by June 17 or face contempt charges. So far, it appears that Wright has complied with the court’s directive.
It’s almost a certainty that the files were sealed at Wright’s request because he had sought a similar protective order in April. At the time, the court denied Wright’s motion for a protective order. That’s probably why Wright refused to provide the verification documents that Kleiman’s estate had sought.