Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto was recently outed by Newsweek as being the founder of Bitcoin. This led to a feeding frenzy from journalists chasing him around Los Angeles Thursday. However, even though Newsweek is a reputable publication, they may have got this one wrong.
Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese American who resides in Temple City California, Newsweek identified as being the creator of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. However, he has denied it and there is more evidence suggesting he may not be.
The real creator of Bitcoin is widely believed to used the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. And just recently someone claiming to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto posted on the P2P Foundation’s Ning Page saying simply “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”
Nakamoto came out of his home to speak to a single reporter from the Associated Press yesterday after Newsweek released their story. Nakamoto was taken to the Associated Press Los Angeles office where he again denied being the creator of Bitcoin, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Andrea Chang.
“I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it. It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection,” Nakamoto said in the Newsweek report.
Though Nakamoto originally said that he wasn’t going to talk to any more reporters, an Instagram video revealed the reason he chose to spake to the Associated Press.
“I’m not involved in Bitcoin,” he said. “Wait a minute. I want free lunch first. I’m going to go with this guy.”
Bitcoin has been around since 2009 but gained more widespread acceptance in 2013. Though the currency has been linked to criminal activity and has had security problems, many are fighting for its legitimacy. Even though Newsweek claimed to know, it seems the question still remains as to who really invented Bitcoin.
Is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto the Creator of Bitcoin? Maybe Not