(NYT) Dorian S. Nakamoto, the man Newsweek alleged to have created the Bitcoin protocol, has hired a lawyer and issued a statement regarding his involvement with Bitcoin. First reported by Reuters’ Felix Salmon via twitter, Nakamoto’s statement released through his lawyer states plainly,
I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin. I unconditionally deny the Newsweek report.
The statement goes on to reiterate that the first time Nakamoto ever heard the term “Bitcoin” was when the Newsweek reporter, Leah Goodman, contacted his son on the matter. It also addresses Nakamoto’s qualifications,
My background is in engineering. I also have the ability to program. […] I have no knowledge of nor have I ever worked on cryptography, peer to peer systems, or alternative currencies.
I have not been able to find steady work as an engineer or programmer for ten years. I have worked as a laborer, polltaker, and substitute teacher. I discontinued my internet service in 2013 due to severe financial distress.
The statement then goes on to discuss further complications in Nakamoto’s life,
I am trying to recover from prostate surgery in October 2012 and a stroke I suffered in October of 2013.
One sentence that stands out in the statement hints at the possibility of legal action,
My prospects for gainful employment has been harmed because of Newsweek’s article.
Nakamoto’s statement as well as comments by Mr. Kirschner, his lawyer, have said that this will be the final public statement on the matter.
“I ask that you now respect our privacy”
The final sentence of the statement reflects the violent nature with which Nakamoto and his family have been launched into the spotlight.
After Leah Goodman doggedly pursued Nakamoto and his family for evidence that he did create Bitcoin, she only came up with circumstantial evidence, a vague comment from Nakamoto stating that he “was no longer involved,” and the assertion by Goodman that, “we could not rule him out.” The ensuing media frenzy resulted in a car chase through Los Angeles, and a round-the-clock media encampment in front of Dorian’s house.
Unsurprisingly, Newsweek and Goodman faced scrutiny from many in the Bitcoin community. The idea that a man, who encrypted his communication and never revealed personal details about himself for years, would be using his real name was rejected by many, including many in the media. Somehow, Goodman was “shocked” that a community built on placing trust in the certainty of numbers was not impressed with her assertion that Dorian must have created Bitcoin because she could not rule him out.
In addition to many doubting the article immediately, Dorian Nakamoto also conducted a two hour exclusive interview with Associated Press in which he denied being Satoshi Nakamoto.
Bitcoin Helps Out
I would like to remind our readers that Andreas Antonopoulos has created a fund to assist Dorian Nakamoto with any expenses resulting from this experience. I encourage you to donate to it, as Dorian already clearly has many expensive responsibilities to handle, in addition to keeping his legal team on retainer. In the unlikely event that he is the Satoshi Nakamoto, then it is a small token of gratitude from our community to him and his family. Should he decline the donation, Andreas has stipulated that the funds will go to a charity of his choice.