The name of Jamie Wilson, former employee of Dr. Craig Wright in Australia, who showed up via video testimony at the beginning of the Kleiman v. Wright trial, surfaced during Dr. Matthew Edman back up by the defense team.
Edman testified that some of the allegedly altered metadata in the communications between Wright and Dave Kleiman indicated that the documents were being created in the UTC plus-11 time zone, also known as Eastern Australia. Wright was born in Australia and lived there until December 2015 when he was outed as Satoshi Nakamoto by tech publications Wired and Gizmodo.
Wright’s team got Edman to confirm that GeoIP2 Precision Lookup forms for one of those emails had provided an IP address in Wooloowin, a suburb of Brisbane. At the time of sending this email, Dr. Wright in Sydney, which is over 900 km south of Brisbane – or a 9.5 hour drive from Wooloowin.
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But Jamie Wilson’s company, Cryptoloc Technology Group, is located in Brisbane, an 11-minute stone’s throw from Wooloowin. Wright’s team asked Edman if he knew Wilson lived in the suburbs or if Edman had ever tried to find out if there were any other witnesses to the trial. Edman replied in the negative to both questions.
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The obvious assumption by Wright’s team that Wilson may have been the source of the amended documents raises the obvious question of Wilson’s motivation. But what he said made it clear that, while Wilson regards Wright as “a very smart, very smart man” and “one of the great futurists I’ve come across,” he definitely has a bone to pluck with Wright.
This friction is based in part on Wilson’s perception that Wright went through an “attitude change” in 2013, the year Dave Kleiman died. Wilson claimed that Wright went from being a very reserved “hooded sweatshirt to someone who felt like” I have to be the man, I have to be the CEO, new flash suits, ties, and it was just a massive change ” . “Wilson was also kind of angry with Wright for spending AU $ 15,000 on a party for his employees that Christmas.
It is worth remembering that 2013 was the year BTC saw its first major surge in value. Each token was only worth around $ 100 by the time Dave died, but in December BTC hit an all-time high of just under $ 1,000. The idea that Wright might choose to enjoy his newfound Bitcoin fortune – and share some of that happiness with people close to him for Christmas – doesn’t really sound like something to bend your knees.
There’s also the pride Wright must have felt seeing he built something from the ground up and shared it with the world for nearly five years before finally reaching a minimum of mainstream success. In this light, Wilson’s allegations sound more like sour grapes than legitimate criticism.
Separately, Wilson’s testimony left no doubt as to the depth of his antipathy towards Wright, as he stated that he had contacted Ira’s legal team on the Craig Wright case in July or August 2019. “Wilson began communicating regularly with Freedman thereafter, an exchange, where Wilson shared documents with Freedman. According to Wilson, he was “more than happy to share what I’ve shared”.
Although Wilson stated in his testimony that he “travels back and forth regularly from the United States,” he did not make himself available for further testimony during this trial. Shame because we’re sure Wright’s attorneys would like to ask Wilson whether his anti-Wright vendetta was just a case of lingering resentment or whether he was motivated by something more tangible.
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