nChain CEO departs, asserts Craig Wright is not Satoshi

Quick Take

  • Christen Ager-Hanssen has departed nChain following a disagreement with the blockchain development company’s board.
  • Ager-Hanssen claims to have changed his mind and no longer believes nChain Chief Scientist Craig Wright is the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin.

Former nChain Group CEO Christen Ager-Hanssen has departed the company after claiming to discover a “conspiracy to defraud nChain shareholders orchestrated by a significant shareholder.” 

Ager-Hanssen stated in his post on X that he no longer believes that nChain chief scientist Craig Wright is the true identity behind Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. Ager-Hanssen, in a follow-up post, posted a screenshot of a report that claims to show evidence of Wright’s browsing history that contradicts Wright’s long-running assertions that he is Satoshi. 

Ager-Hanssen also claims to have delivered a whistleblower report to the nChain board along with five others, after which all six were either dismissed or suspended from their positions. Ager-Hanssen said he plans on releasing the report, which concerns the influence of billionaire Calvin Ayre, who Ager-Hanssen characterizes as a “shadow director/dictator,” on nChain’s operations. 


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In a statement, nChain’s board claimed that “...concerns regarding the recent stewardship of the business, led the board to commission a detailed and independent investigation,” and that prior to the board acting on the results of the investigation, Ager-Hanssen “conducted himself in a serious and inappropriate manner” that prompted his dismissal.

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Zack Abrams is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Before coming to The Block, he was the Head Writer at Coinage, a Web3 media outlet covering the biggest stories in Web3. The story he co-reported on Do Kwon won a 2022 Best in Business Journalism award from SABEW. Other projects included a deep dive into SBF's defense based on exclusive documents and unveiling the identity of the hacker behind one of 2023's biggest crypto hacks — so far. He can be reached via X @zackdabrams or email, [email protected].


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