Newsweek Meets Satoshi Nakamoto – Community Reacts

March 6, 2014 13:42 UTC
The Real Satoshi Nakamoto? Image courtesy of Newsweek (https://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/14/bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto.html)

Newsweek claims to have found and interviewed the Real Satoshi Nakamoto:

https://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/14/bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto.html

“Quiet, unassuming”

Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman claims to have tracked down Satoshi Nakamoto, 64 and the face behind Bitcoin to his unassuming family home in Los Angeles’s San Bernardino foothills. She writes:

He is someone with a penchant for collecting model trains and a career shrouded in secrecy, having done classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military.

However, there are others who don’t share her view of a reserved Japanese tech genius. Says his youngest brother, Arthur Nakamoto:

“My brother is an asshole. What you don’t know about him is that he’s worked on classified stuff. His life was a complete blank for a while. You’re not going to be able to get to him. He’ll deny everything. He’ll never admit to starting Bitcoin.”

When the reporter approaches the alleged Mr. Nakamoto at his home, he dismisses her with this admission:

“I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,” he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. “It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”

Mainstream Charades and Sensation

This mainstream article features various voices from the Bitcoin community and serves as a general introduction and overview of the Bitcoin world for the general public. The article is also published at Business Insider – so we have some consensus of credibility building.

Cryptocoinsnews is not yet convinced that this article has identified the person who created Bitcoin, nor that the subject of the article is whom he says he is. Perhaps he IS called Satoshi Nakamoto, but he will have to illustrate some protocol knowledge to satisfy questions about his claim to have created Bitcoin. Various other contenders for the identity have been fingered in the past, including this man and this man.

Plausible but not Certain.

Critical resource: Satoshi Nakamoto’s original un-dated Bitcoin Whitepaper

Model Train letters from a Mr. Dorian Nakamoto.

Amazon shaving paraphernalia reviews by Mr. Dorian S. Nakamoto.

Readers, please comment with your views.

Reactions from the Community

13h00 UTC

Complaints are on the increase for the breach of privacy on Newsweek’s part:

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