Bitcoin’s Mysterious Creators Were a Team of Indians, Because ‘John F**king McAfee’

Outspoken entrepreneur and 2020 presidential candidate John McAfee claims he knows the true identity of bitcoin founder (or founders) Satoshi Nakamoto.

In an interview with Bloomberg, McAfee said uncovering bitcoin’s creators was a “piece of cake.”

“My entire life I’ve been tracking people who are the best in the world, and hiding their identity. Finding Satoshi was a piece of cake for me.”

Bitcoin’s creators: A team of Indians?

McAfee told Bloomberg he would unmask Satoshi “within weeks,” but he later changed his mind. Citing a letter from his lawyer, McAfee claims that revealing bitcoin’s true creator would harm his US extradition fight.

In the days prior, however, McAfee hinted that Satoshi was not in fact one person, but a team from India. In an email thread posted to Twitter, McAfee responded to a person claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto saying:

“Are you of Indian ethnicity? … Then you are the only non-Indian (India) on the team and I have never heard of you. How is that?”

How do I know about Satoshi? Because I’m “John F**king McAfee”

McAfee offered no hard evidence for his claims. But he did remind everyone that he “created a great company whose focus was to stop hackers. I had to know hacking. I am still John Fucking McAfee.”

Expanding on his theory of Satoshi as a collection of Indians, he explained:

“[Satoshi] is a collection of people, but the white paper was written by one man, who currentky (sic) resides in the US.”

Satoshi Nakamoto: The mystery continues

The identity of bitcoin’s founder is back in the headlines as Australian businessman Craig Wright aggressively insists he is the real Satoshi Nakamoto.

The cryptocurrency community has slammed Wright as “a fraud” for his assertion while leading crypto exchanges have delisted Wright’s project cryptocurrency Bitcoin SV.

McAfee joined the debate claiming Wright is “100% NOT Craig Wright.”

McAfee: I’ve Spoken With Satoshi, He’s Furious

As reported, McAfee says he spoke to Satoshi (presumably the author of the white paper currently residing in the US) and he’s not happy about McAfee’s attempt to unmask him.

“I’ve spoken with him, and he is not a happy camper about my attempt to out him.”

The debacle continues…

Last modified: March 4, 2021 2:44 PM

Ben Brown

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