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Peter McCormack seeks more time to file defense vs Craig Wright libel claim

Bitcoin podcaster Peter McCormack has sought for a deadline extension to file his defense against the libel claims filed by Dr. Craig Wright.

The host of the What Bitcoin Did podcast initially had until June 13 to respond to Wright’s libel claims, but his lawyers have requested the court a 28-day extension on his behalf citing the hospitalization of the lead partner at RPC as part of the reason for the delay.

Wright’s legal representatives have agreed to McCormack’s request as long as the podcaster shouldered the costs of the application to get a court order. McCormack agreed, and would also pay Wright’s “reasonable costs” resulting from his application for a deadline extension. The costs, while not expected to be substantial, might still take a chunk out of McCormack’s defense funds, which he planned to raise via crowdfunding.

McCormack now has until July 11 to file his defense.

In mid-April, Wright filed a formal libel claim in the UK High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, against McCormack, who has publicly accused the nChain chief scientist of being a fraud for maintaining that he is the man behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin.

The libel claim against McCormack cites numerous examples of the podcaster’s official Twitter account accusing Wright of being a fraud, which appears to be an ongoing activity as evidenced by his latest post:

Previously, McCormack claimed Wright was a fraud for “promoting a fake version of bitcoin.” This is in reference to Bitcoin SV, which Wright supports as the only blockchain-based technology capable of massive on-chain scaling enabling it to become a truly global payment platform. Wright, considered to be the driving force behind the BSV protocol, is convinced that the attacks against him are intended to take down BSV as it represents a threat to the future of other cryptocurrencies.