According to the transcript of the Kleiman v. Wright case from June 28th’s court session, self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright, claims that Martti Malmi, an early Bitcoin developer, and Michael Marquardt, also known as Theymos, have co-founded Silk Road, Hydra, and a “number of other darker websites.”
Wright Involves Silk Road To His Point
Craig Wright is involved in a lawsuit against the brother of now deceased David Kleiman which started back in February 2018. Ira Kleiman alleges that Wright has stolen a sum of bitcoins that he mined with his brother during the earliest years of the popular cryptocurrency.
In a transcript from a court session on June 28th, however, Wright has made some rather serious statements.
He says that Martti Malmi, an early Bitcoin developer, as well as Michael Marquardt, also known as Theymos, who is a Bitcoin.org and Bitcointalk administrator, as well as a Reddit Bitcoin moderator, have co-founded the infamous Silk Road dark market, as well as Hydra and “a number of other darker websites.”
This has already caught the attention of Malmi, who seems to have plans to take legal actions against Wright over his statement.
When referring to Malmi and Theymos, the document reads:
Both of them, together with Ross Ulbricht, set up Silk Road, Hydra, and a number of other darker websites. I protested this to them. I set up Bitcoin to be honest money. I set up Bitcoin to fix the problems of every other digital cash that had been, whether it be eGold, or Liberty Reserve Cash, or DG Cash, or Brands Cash, every single one had fallen to crime, and I thought by having an evidentiary trial, I would create the world’s first digital cash that would not be linked to crime.
Going even further, Wright says that Martti Malmi “also started working on a reputation system to allow assassination markets.” He also added that they started to work on a system which is designed to enable people to fund terrorism.
Malmi has so far denied all of these statements as “made up accusations.”
The Infamous Silk Road Case
In order to understand exactly how serious those statements are, it’s appropriate to provide a little background information on the well-known Silk Road case.
Silk Road was an online black market which was best known as a platform for selling illegal drugs. It operated in a way which allowed online users to browse it anonymously without their traffic being monitored.
The website was launched in 2011 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shut it down in October 2013. The FBI arrested Ross Ulbricht, who Wright also mentions, under charges of being the pseudonymous founder of the website “Dread Pirate Roberts.”
Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crimes, highlighting the seriousness of the matter.
Meanwhile, Craig Wright is also involved in yet another libel case against popular cryptocurrency podcaster Peter McCormack.
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