By CCN: The man who claims to be Bitcoin’s inventor wants to rewrite history by erasing the cryptocurrency’s cypherpunk past. Writing in yet another blistering blog post, Craig Wright claimed he left the cypherpunk movement in the 1990s after growing tired of the antics of Julian Assange.

Craig Wright: I Couldn’t Stand Julian Assange

Despite publishing the Bitcoin whitepaper to a cypherpunk mailing list, Craig Wright claims Satoshi wasn’t a cypherpunk. Why? Because he couldn’t stand Julian Assange. | Source: Justin TALLIS / AFP

Wikipedia offers the basic definition of a cypherpunk as:

“Any activist advocating widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a route to social and political change.”

According to Craig Wright, Bitcoin was never supposed to be about anything of the sort. He says he abandoned the cypherpunk movement after growing tired of core members like Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

He writes:

“Bitcoin was never a cypherpunk experiment. I left the Cypherpunks mailing list in the ‘90s because I couldn’t stand people like Julian Assange. I couldn’t stand what some of the people there stood for. I was the opposite of many others on the cryptography mailing list.”

Wright’s insistence that Bitcoin isn’t cypherpunk related is surprising, given that Satoshi Nakamoto first posted the Bitcoin whitepaper to the cypherpunk mailing list in October 2008.

Wright goes on to express surprise that Bitcoin became adopted by the same cypherpunks “he” voluntarily sent the whitepaper to. He writes:

“What I never suspected was that a bunch of want-to-be comic-book criminals would take my invention and try to turn it into a system designed to promote illicit activity.”

The criminal activity Wright refers to is not just black market purchases, but the notion of privacy itself. According to Wright, the only utility of privacy is to mask illegal actions.

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