The curious case of Craig S Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, and his dishing out of legal notices to the cryptocurrency community has not died down yet. The latest fury arose when Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum had irked the BSV camp by paying no heed to the “Letter of Claim” addressed to him.
Calvin Ayre, the spearhead of the Satoshi’s Vision project alongside Wright, labeled Buterin’s dismissal of the legal notice “unlawful”. He further delved into the mindset of the Ethereum co-founder, stating that Buterin was aware that Wright is, in fact, Satoshi Nakamoto.
His April 25 tweet attacking Vitalik Buterin read,
“Vitalik is loud, annoying, immature and just play unlawful, but is ignoring his opportunity to prove his case. I would say Vitalik already knows #CraigisSatoshi and has been attacking only as a way to unlawfully attempt to stop superior technology.”
In the aforementioned tweet, Ayre referenced an article by his cryptocurrency-specific media house Coingeek, detailing the episode. According to the article, on April 12, Buterin was served a “Letter of Claim” by Craig Wright’s lawyers, owing to the “defamatory comments” made by the former against the latter.
Buterin has previously referred to proponents of the camp as “BSV shills” and had questioned panel discussions hosting them. Notably, he expressed deep anguish at these “shills” being given airtime at the recently held Deconomy Forum.
The mentioned “Letter of Claim” necessiated a response from Buterin on April 23, according to the Coingeek article. Because of this, the article suggested that Wright’s lawyers would serve a formal “Claim Form, or Writ, against Buterin which has been issued by the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division in London, England”.
During the delisting dilemma that saw BSV being booted out by several top exchanges like Binance, Kraken and Shapeshift, Buterin published an article surrounding free speech. His article read:
“Delisting BSV is more like reallocation of a scarce resource (attention/legitimacy) than it is censorship.”
Peter McCormack, another target of the legal campaign by the BSV camp, responded to the notices, unlike Buterin. Far from apologizing for his comments, McCormack doubled down, stating Wright’s “attempts to silence and bully people to protect his fraud and lies is an attack on Bitcoin”.
The hue and cry from the BSV camp regarding the identity of Nakamoto could be settled once and for all, with a set of charts showing the public activity of Nakamoto and Wright, in the 2009-2010 period. Charted based on time of day, the data indicates that the “creator” of Bitcoin’s location was eastern North America, based on sleeping patterns and activity, while Wright’s location and activity correspond to him being in Australia, at the time.
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Bitcoin will likely be valued at $100,000 with a market cap of over $2 trillion before the end of 2021
The entire cryptocurrency market seems to be on the brighter side of the market since the beginning of the year. A majority of the coins have recorded significant recoveries from their 2018 slump, a period during which most coins lost over 90 percent of their value, when compared to their all-time highs. Among all the coins in the market, Bitcoin [BTC] aka the digital gold, was noted to be making a massive comeback as the coin breached the $11,000 mark after nearly 15 months. The coin however, soon retracted to settle below the $11,000 level.
According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Bitcoin was trading at $10,887.27 with a market cap of $93.549 billion. The coin recorded a 24-hour trading volume of $20.757 billion for the past 24 hours and saw a massive rise of over 17 percent over the past seven days.
Anthony Pompliano, Co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, predicted that the largest digital currency could rise to reach $100,000, before the end of 2021. Pomp added that he was around 70-75 percent confident in this prediction. He stated,
“As I have previously said, making predictions is difficult […] Part of my process as a professional money manager is forming a thesis (price target), identifying a timeline (date), and establishing a confidence level. And then constantly re-evaluating those three aspects of my thought process as I receive new information.”
Pomp however, listed six pointers that have to be understood beforehand. First, this prediction is not an investment advice, and people should do their own research before investing in the digital currency. The second is with respect to Bitcoin’s volatility, with Pomp remarking that since it was a highly volatile market, the coin could witness a significant fall before being valued at $100,000. He stated,
“I anticipate that there will be numerous 20-30% drawdowns from new all-time highs as the asset continues to appreciate in value. These mini-boom/bust cycles should not cause panic, but rather need to be understood as natural market dynamics whenever an asset gains significant value in short periods of time.”
Further, the partner of the investment firm stated that the rise would be driven by several catalysts. This includes institutional adoption, exchange-traded funds and retail product approvals, global instability, governments all across the globe manipulating currencies, markets and economy. He went on to state,
“The market cap of Bitcoin will reach $2+ trillion when Bitcoin is worth $100,000. This is less than 1/3 the market cap of gold and less than 1/40 the global money supply.”
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