CoinGeek Livestream Special: Craig Wright Defense Makes Opening Remarks on Satoshi Trial Day 2

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Day 2 of Granath vs. Wright in Norway, CoinGeek’s Kurt Wuckert Jr once again went on a live streaming edition to keep us updated on what is happening inside the Oslo courtroom.

What is at stake here?

Wuckert briefly summarizes the events leading up to this case and explains what it is. He explains how Magnus Granath, who operates under the alias HODLonaut, created the flip game Lightning Torch on Twitter, earning him many followers.

Using his newfound fame, Granath then used his platform to launch a campaign that labeled Dr. Craig Wright a fraud. This series of events led to the defamation case, with Dr. Wright as defendant, being heard in Oslo, Norway.

If the judge decides that Dr. Wright has been vilified, he will be awarded compensation worth up to NOK 100,000. If it goes otherwise, Dr. Wright will have to pay Granath’s attorney fees.

Ultimately, these are judicial precedents, explains Wuckert. He also points out that Dr. Wright’s legal team offered to settle multiple times, but Granath refused. He also reminds us that Granath is the actor, who is suing Dr. Wright for doxxing him and allegedly violating his rights.

A brief summary of Day 1

Wuckert says he’s not entirely happy with the account he gave of Monday’s events in court, so he starts by recapitulating it again.

“Magnus Granath is very difficult to read,” he says, indicating Granath’s stoic disposition. Wuckert describes him as “emotionless” and advocates him as “cold”, stating that they have exceeded the allotted time by an hour.

“It was scattershot,” says Wuckert, describing Granath’s narrative as “loose.” He says he was confused by it too, and he’s steeped in this story, so for the newcomers he must have been very confused. “He may also have read an article by Arthur Van Pelt,” he says, noting that much of what Granath’s lawyer read was simple Internet gossip and reworked information that most people have already read online.

Moving on to the Day 2 process

Having noted how monotonous and scattered Granath’s attorneys were, Wuckert contrasts this with Dr. Wright’s legal team, which he filed on Tuesday, September 13. “He is jovial and comes across as capable, kind and warm,” he says.

Wuckert explains how Halvor Manshaus gave a passionate speech about how free speech is so important. He used this to explain to the judge that free speech carries responsibility and that the press has special responsibilities towards the public.

Manshaus rotated from this to blame Granath for cyberbullying and encourage a culture of bullying against Dr. Wright from behind an avatar’s so-called anonymity. “He was in charge of the room and there was a clear change in tone,” says Wuckert.

From here, Manshaus moved on to Granath’s tweets. Wuckert noticed a visible change in Granath’s behavior at this point. He was suppressing a smirk and nodding as his derogatory tweets were read aloud.

Wuckert goes on to explain that many screenshots were shared by groups on Telegram and elsewhere that showed systematic targeting of BSV and Dr. Wright. These were extremely toxic and Manshaus used them to demonstrate the bullying culture he was condemning.

When the truly toxic nature of Granath’s campaign became apparent, his posture changed, explains Wuckert. He stopped grinning and smiling and started leaning back, taking deep breaths and adopting defensive body language.

About Craig Wright

After a lunch break, the story moved on to Dr. Wright and the one he’s been through in recent years. He explained how Dr. Wright was sued against his will and how several parties conspired against him to blackmail him for money.

Manshaus then told a long story of how Dr. Wright’s privacy was undermined, how his property was threatened and his family faced the whirlwind of events. This has left him damaged and unable to face the press and the world with the kind of grace some might have expected.

In addition to talking about Dr. Wright’s personal life, Manshaus detailed the entire Dr. Wright saga, showing that he was Nakamoto for Gavin Andresen, including some of the emotions involved.

In this story, it emerged that Dr. Wright was facing some anxiety over proving unequivocally that he was the inventor of Bitcoin and was encouraged by his wife, Ramona Watts, to do so. Wuckert believes this story humanized Dr. Wright and other participants, such as Stefan Matthews, who were visibly relieved when she finally got it done.

Manshaus came up with another interesting point in that Gavin Andresen wasn’t entirely convinced by cryptographic proof alone. In fact, he claimed that if this was the only line of evidence that had been shown to him, he would not necessarily have believed that Dr. Wright was Satoshi. This has interesting implications for what constitutes and does not constitute evidence. “Keys are not identities,” explains Wuckert, taking home the point that Dr. Wright has made for years.

While all of this was being explained, Wuckert says he noticed that Granath’s posture and body language changed to something more like nervousness.

Turning to the alleged evidence and falsified data that Dr. Wright has been repeatedly accused of presenting, Manshaus explained how many of these documents were stolen, scanned, altered and altered. One of these was even the scan of a typewritten document. The attorney used this to explain why some of the metadata doesn’t add up. It is this bad evidence, he said, that has been used by many to mistakenly decide that Dr. Wright is a cheat.

Manshaus concluded the day by explaining that there will be more witnesses who will tell the story of Dr. Wright and who will take the case to the end.

Questions and answers

Wuckert then answers some questions from the audience.

Q. Will this trial cancel the UK case?

That might be enough, says Wuckert. Either way, it will set a precedent and will have some impact on how the case will turn out if it goes forward.

Q. What were the questions the judge asked when explaining the story?

Wuckert remembers wanting clarification on the keys. He doesn’t remember the other question she asked.

Q. The lawyer said it’s not about proving that CSW is Satoshi, but about proving if he was vilified. Is it a change of strategy?

Wuckert replies that it is not a change of strategy. It is only the plaintiff’s attorneys who claim that this court case cannot prove that it is. However, Manshaus pointed out that, Satoshi or not, Granath is still breaking the law by defaming people.

Q. Will Dr. Wright or Granath take a stand?

Wuckert replies that both will take sides at some point on Wednesday, September 14th.

Q. If Dr. Wright wins this case, what will change?

Wuckert says it depends on how he wins, but the main thing will be how many trials are now officially recorded. He could also overshadow COPA and get Kraken and Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN) to take a second look at the transition of BTC as Bitcoin.

The trial is expected to end on Thursday 22 September. CoinGeek will provide daily live coverage from the trial in Oslo.

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