Bitcoin\u2019s \u201ctrial of the century\u201d has stopped pretending it\u2019s about enriching Ira Kleiman and it now appears to be a full-throated effort to diminish Bitcoin creator Dr. Craig Wright before his technological invention can achieve mainstream acceptance. Attorneys representing plaintiff Ira Kleiman spent the final days of their presentation quizzing their cyber security expert Dr. Matthew Edman about multiple documents, many of which purport to be communications between Wright and Ira Kleiman\u2019s late brother Dave, Wright\u2019s former colleague and close friend who died in April 2013 after years of poor health. Ira filed his civil suit against Wright in the belief that Wright and Dave co-created Bitcoin and collaborated on a Bitcoin mining project that amassed over 1.1 million BTC tokens currently worth over $70 billion. After Dave died, Ira claims Wright\u2014the individual behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym credited with authoring the Bitcoin white paper\u2014hatched a plan to deprive Dave\u2019s estate of his share of the BTC by literally rewriting history. This week, Edman testified that the metadata of the aforementioned communications between Dave and Wright had been altered to appear as if they were written before Dave died. Ira\u2019s attorneys pushed Edman to declare each of these documents to be forgeries, with the implication that Wright is the man behind the manipulated metadata. Thing is, the content of these documents largely centers on the nature of the business relationship between Wright and Dave. And if these documents are forgeries, then the whole premise of a Wright\/Dave partnership to mine BTC falls by the wayside. https:\/\/twitter.com\/disco_donald\/status\/1460917779935252481 In other words, Ira\u2019s attorneys appeared to be undercutting the entire foundation of their client\u2019s principal argument that Dave\u2019s estate is owed a share of this 1.1 million BTC. Small wonder then that Wright\u2019s legal team filed a motion for early judgment after Ira\u2019s attorneys pulled their bait-and-switch. Follow the money Just what would possess attorneys Velvel Freedman and Kyle Roche to turn on their client in something bordering on legal malpractice? Perhaps it\u2019s because Ira\u2014who couldn\u2019t even be bothered to show up for Day 2 of his own trial\u2014is merely a beard for the firm\u2019s real clients. Those would be the unknown individuals\/entities who provided capital to BTCN 1610-491, LLC, an offshoot of third-party litigation funding outfit Parabellum Capital.\u00a0 We\u2019ve previously speculated on the identities of the deep-pocketed shadows who allegedly provided tens of millions to Roche Freedman LLP to bankroll this lawsuit and to buy our Ira. Most of these suspects are major players in the BTC ecosystem, all of whom would suffer significant blows to their holdings in the event that the true Bitcoin technology (BSV)\u2014which unlike BTC offers infinitely scaling blocks and cost-effective microtransactions\u2014gains a wider audience. Chief among these well-heeled suspects is the Digital Currency Group (DCG), the Barry Silbert-led venture capital alliance that has become cryptocurrency\u2019s Goliath, holding large and\/or controlling stakes in everything from exchanges (Coinbase) to stablecoins (Circle) to crypto media (CoinDesk) to companies building \u2018layer 2\u2019 solutions that attempt to compensate for BTC\u2019s on-chain scaling limitations (Blockstream). Clearly, DCG has a very real stake in identifying any and all potential threats to BTC that appear on the horizon and nuking them before they can do any real damage. BSV poses such a threat, so what better way to undercut its appeal than to perform a very public character assassination of Bitcoin\u2019s creator?\u00a0 Plan B(SV) The belief that Wright is Satoshi in human form was always at the center of Ira\u2019s lawsuit and was taken as a given by both sides. Without that understanding, there would be no use fighting over access to the fabled cache of 1.1 million BTC that has laid dormant since Bitcoin\u2019s early days. Mainstream media outlets picked up on this mutual acceptance, dubbing the trial a fight over Satoshi\u2019s BTC. (Even CoinDesk briefly got into the act until Silbert\u2019s brother publicly scolded them on Twitter.) The anti-BSV faction howled with outrage (and apprehension) at the idea that Wright would be treated as Satoshi by such venerable publications as the Wall Street Journal, and the implications this could have for their financial interests in BTC. https:\/\/twitter.com\/alansilbert\/status\/1455523107331092489 That could explain the abrupt change in strategy displayed this week by Ira\u2019s competent attorneys. Any concern over securing a fat payday for Ira\u2014most of which would actually go to those financial backers\u2014went out the window, replaced by a desire to paint Wright as a gutter-mouthed fraud, an opportunistic conman, anything that might prevent the general public from viewing Wright as a gifted polymath who gave the world one of the most exciting technological creations in history. \u00a0 It may seem odd that an entity that invested tens of millions in the hopes of realizing a historic award in the tens of billions would jettison this strategy even before Wright\u2019s defense got underway, but that only serves to underscore their desire to preserve BTC\u2019s current dominance atop the crypto token value charts. And clearly, Plan B has been an option in their playbook from the start. Check out all of the CoinGeek special reports on the\u00a0Kleiman v Wright YouTube playlist.