Bitcoin SV benefactor Calvin Ayre announced that he is funding a documentary film focusing on the life and times of Craig Wright, the Australian man who claims to have invented Bitcoin.
According to an August 12 tweet from Ayre, the billionaire BSV sponsor and nChain board member has already given the green light to the shoot and provided a frame ‚in production‘. Ayre said he hired a documentary film crew from London and that they will „investigate everything“ about Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto.
Comments were divided between BSV supporters like Neil Gallacher who said, „The more exposure to this issue, the better for everyone,“ and skeptics like Crypto Geek who labeled it a „piece of propaganda.
Ayre also revealed that he hired an investigative reporter to write a book about Wright after the Australian publisher cancelled ‚Behind The Mask: Craig Wright and the Battle for Bitcoin‘ in January.
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When the book was withdrawn, Affirm Press told local media that „the threat of a trial was too high“. Ayre offered to finance and publish the book himself, but nothing came of it. Asked about this week’s incident, Ayre said he was working with a writer „on our own book:
„They say it wasn’t a catch-and-kill but they’ll have to if they’re paid to freeze the book… I have my suspicions, however, we have a well-known investigative reporter who will dig into the story and make a book for us.
The authors of Behind The Mask have not yet issued a statement on the matter, however, if the book had provided evidence that would have challenged Wright’s claims about Bitcoin’s invention, the publisher would have done well to be cautious.
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Wright is particularly litigious – even when he does not have a particularly strong case – and has filed defamation suits against Blockstream CEO Adam Back and Crypto Cash co-founder Vitalik Buterin when he doubted their claims, however, he later dropped both cases. There was also a similar case against Roger Ver which was dropped by a UK court in May. A trial against podcaster Peter McCormack is ongoing. McCormack was recently ordered to pay about $24,000 in expenses to Wright. The investigation process begins on September 4.