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Ver is a prominent investor who was once popularly known as "Bitcoin Jesus" for how forcefully he advocated for the cryptocurrency. These days, though, Ver is a bit of a persona non grata in some circles for his full-throated support for Bitcoin Cash. He's also appeared in public with Wright, and they're united in their evangelism.
"Anyone who is opposed to Bitcoin Cash is opposed to the original vision for Bitcoin"
There's a good deal of this "with us or against us" rhetoric on both sides of the Bitcoin Cash-Bitcoin debate. With billions of dollars in investments potentially on the line, things are understandably heated. It's for this reason that it's tough to shake the feeling that people on both sides of the aisle are taking what they can get in terms of public support, even if it comes from Wright."I'm really puzzled over how they've embraced him because it takes away from their credibility in my mind," Song, the Bitcoin developer, told me over the phone. "Maybe they want him to be Satoshi so they can have the moral upper hand, and they're willing to believe that—I'm not really sure."*Craig Wright isn't an easy man to get ahold of. He does not like to do interviews. I might not either, if I had the experience that he did last May—being publicly scrutinized and then roundly lampooned.
Talking to Craig Wright (in the medium of text, at least) is a deeply frustrating experience. He writes in a vaguely aphoristic style, making clear suggestions and then immediately backing off, and is prone to answering pointed questions with a smiley face emoji.If people say that you're a fraud for claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, but you maintain that you're not a fraud, are you still saying that you're Satoshi?Smiley face. "So, you want me to self-incriminate."Not at all. I'm just asking a question that many people have."HI, I am Satoshi, I built a system that would result in my being shot and dragged away, in that order… Let them ask. I like where we are."As in killed, literally?"If you had control of 5 billion USD and in a couple years that was 50 to 100 billion USD… And it could be moved easily? Do the maths."Why weren't you as concerned about this when you previously claimed to be Satoshi in public?"No comment."
"So, you want me to self-incriminate"