On Monday, Australian Craig Wright claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonym used by the original architect of bitcoin.
By Tuesday, this claim was already under siege, with demands that incontrovertible proof be provided to validate Mr. Wright's assertion (the evidence provided by Mr. Wright included forged signatures from the blockchain).
On Thursday, Mr. Wright threw in the towel, cryptically claiming he did not have the emotional fortitude to support his earlier assertions.
And so ends the tale of Craig Wright, whilst the search for Satoshi continues.
I’m Sorry I believed that I could do this. I believed that I could put the years of anonymity and hiding behind me. But, as the events of this week unfolded and I prepared to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys, I broke. I do not have the courage. I cannot. ... I know that this weakness will cause great damage to those that have supported me, and particularly to Jon Matonis and Gavin Andresen. I can only hope that their honour and credibility is not irreparably tainted by my actions. They were not deceived, but I know that the world will never believe that now. I can only say I’m sorry. And goodbye.