Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright, who claims to be the original creator of bitcoin, says that Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous author of the Bitcoin whitepaper, plagiarized. 

Wright, who adamantly defends his position as bitcoin’s creator, was forced to enter settlement talks with the estate of his late partner Dave Kleiman following a judge’s ruling that he owed over $10 billion in the dispute. 

Now, the Australian computer scientist is altering his story slightly saying that Satoshi Nakamoto must have plagiarized his work in creating Bitcoin’s white paper. Speaking at the CC London Investment in Blockchain and AI Forum 2019, Wright told audience members that he intends to release a thesis written in 2008 which will confirm him as bitcoin’s rightful founder. 

He said, 

Either I am Satoshi or Satoshi plagiarized me. You can make the choice, I don't really care because he actually took whole paragraphs from my LOM. So it’s either me or… I don’t really care if you like it.

Wright has previously said that the name ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ was a moniker for his collaboration with the late Dave Kleiman as the original inventors of bitcoin. 

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