[dropcap size=small]D[/dropcap]orian Nakamoto, also known as Satoshi Nakamoto, says Newsweek misrepresented him as the creator of Bitcoin.
He denied having any involvement with Bitcoin, which he repeatedly referred to as “Bitcom” during an AP interview yesterday, reports Reuters.
According to the LA Times, Mr. Dorian Nakamoto was roped in by Newsweek:
“I never was involved,” he said to a Times reporter, saying there was only one reason he had agreed to even talk to a reporter. “It was all for a free lunch.”
The media circus arrived at Dorian Nakamoto’s home after Newsweek disclosed its location and published pictures of the house. Reporters (including Japanese representatives) and Police cruisers dotted the neighborhood streets while Mr. Nakamoto remained inside the house. He later emerged asking for “a free lunch”; went to eat sushi with an AP reporter before being driven (with media in tow) to the LA offices of Associated Press.
Mr. Nakamoto says Newsweek reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman, misunderstood him when he said “I’m no longer involved in that,” – that what he meant was: “I’m saying I’m no longer in engineering. That’s it.” (AP)
Reaction and Views
On the Bitcoin Foundation’s blog, coredev Jeff Garzik writes:
As of this writing, we have seen zero conclusive evidence that the identified person is the designer of Bitcoin. Those closest to the Bitcoin project, the informal team of core developers, have always been unaware of Nakamoto’s true identity, as Nakamoto communicated purely through electronic means.
Debate will, no doubt, continue and the contrarian theory that denial constitutes proof will be proclaimed. However, we have to ask ourselves whether claims to the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto can be substantiated – and if so – by what means? Surely, some cryptographic keys and Bitcoin Protocol knowledge will be a good start. As Jeff Garzik said in IRC:
Satoshi can positively prove his identity easily: PGP signature or bitcoin ECDSA signature