Satoshi Nakamoto – who is he?
Since the creation of Bitcoin (BTC), the question has been repeatedly asked: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Many assumptions were made about it, but no one was able to provide sufficient evidence to support their own theses. Some people think that the code name is not a single character, but a group of people. Doubts remain unresolved so far. So many questions have arisen and have been sought after. Why did Satoshi Nakamoto remain anonymous? Did he want to avoid fame? Was he afraid of his own safety?
Newsweek’s unreliable investigation
In 2014, the American journalist Leah McGrath Goodman conducted an investigation and concluded that Bitcoin was created by a man named Dorian Nakamoto. This 64-year-old man was supposed to be the author of an article entitled A Peer to Peer Electronic Cash System. As it later turned out, these were only presumptions, resulting from a wrong combination of facts. The investigation included, among other things, the name of the Japanese man and the fact that he did well in mathematics. For Newsweek it was then sufficient evidence to proclaim Dorian Nakamoto to be the creator of Bitcoin. When an American weekly journalist went to the home of a 64-year-old man, he refused to talk to her and called the police. Due to the fact that Dorian Nakamoto spoke little English, there was a misunderstanding. Assisted by the police, he said that he was no longer involved in this matter and could not discuss it. As it turned out later, he did not mean Bitcoin at all. This was enough to create a sensation. To add credibility to the article, a photo of Dorian Nakamoto with a visible estate and car was posted, exposing the man to attack from reporters. A lush story about finding the real Satoshi Nakamoto made the Japanese man interested in a large group of people. The Newsweek journalist exposed him to a great danger, while violating his privacy.
The alleged creator of Bitcoin told reporters that he had nothing to do with BTC. However, he agreed to go to lunch with one of them to fully clear up the misunderstanding. It turned out that the facts that appeared in Newsweek’s article were simply imagined. Of course, Dorian Nakamoto confirmed some details from the publication, but they did not concern strictly Bitcoin. The consequences of this article were quite disturbing. That is why Andreas M. Antonopoulos started fundraising campaigns for Dorian Nakamoto. The funds collected were to serve as an apology and compensation for what had happened. Because the man was not in a comfortable financial situation and was taking care of his sick mother, he spent a large part of the money on medical care. Approximately 50 Bitcoins were collected, at that time it was more than 23,000 dollars.
Soon after this event, on the forum, where Satoshi Nakamoto for the first time presented Bitcoin’s assumptions, an entry appeared: I am not Dorian Nakamoto. The administrator confirmed that this account is real and no attempt to break into it was detected.
The self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto
Another character often identified with Satoshi Nakamoto was Craight S. Wright. Interestingly, he gave himself this nickname, publicly claiming to be the creator of Bitcoin. Although Wright’s past is rich, he has never presented evidence to support what he says. In November 2015, Wired began to receive a variety of anonymous materials, such as transcriptions and fiduciary agreements, that would indicate that Caright S. Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto. Shortly afterwards, three journalists, Andy Greenberg of Wired and Andy Crush and Sam Biddle of Gizmodo, published articles from separate investigations suggesting that the creator of Bitcoin had been exposed. They presented a number of solid arguments to support this thesis. After a short time, these journalists withdrew from these theorems. Wired himself wrote that Cragh Wright is either the creator of the BTC or a brilliant fraudster who wants everyone to think so.
Still in the same year Wright was called upon to provide fundamental evidence that he really is Satoshim Nakamoto. His task was to publicly use a cryptographic key, to which only the real Nakamoto had access. However, he did not do this task, explaining that he could not cross out so many years of anonymity. Of course, for many people it was proof that Craight Wright is not you who he claims to be. Although this man has not yet presented concrete evidence to this day that he could have been the creator of Bitcoin, he still strongly defends his point. In 2019, he began to threaten those who claimed to be a mere fraudster. Craight Wright got into a dispute with the CEO of the Binance crypto-currency exchange for this reason and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was removed from the exchange. John McAffe himself said that spreading such lies is not good for the crypto industry.
New leads in the Nakamoto case
At the end of August 2019 new information about the mysterious creator of Bitcoin appeared. This time it was the marketing company Satoshi Nakamoto Renaissance Holdings that announced that after such a long period of anonymity Satoshi Nakamoto would break the silence. It is quite unusual, because many people believe that the real creator of Bitcoin would not reveal himself through such intermediaries. He would rather use the bitcointalk forum. There is little to learn from the first publication. It mentions the whole idea of creating BTC, reluctance to banks and revealed the name, surname and origin of the alleged father of Satoshi Nakamoto. The name would be Agha Hasan Abedi from Pakistan. The material also included thanks to the late Hal Finney for his contribution to the development of Bitcoin. The author also presented a photo of the computer from which the first BTC blocks were allegedly extracted. Although the whole story may seem consistent, it does not prove the authenticity of the real Nakamoto. According to the cryptocurrencies community, this is another marketing trick. We will probably never know who is really behind this code name.