Rumors have swirled for years. Exactly who created Bitcoin? The answers are as vast as the conspiracies surrounding the crypto-currency.
According to a lengthy interview conducted by Newsweek’s Leah Goodman, Satoshi Nakamoto has been hiding in plain sight for years. The name was thought to be a pseudonym. As it turns out, it wasn’t.
Goodman claims that upon arriving at Nakamoto’s home the police were waiting. “He thinks if he talks to you he’s going to get into trouble,” said the police.
“It seemed ludicrous that the man credited with inventing Bitcoin – the world’s most wildly successful digital currency, with transactions of nearly $500 million a day at its peak – would retreat to Los Angeles’s San Bernardino foothills, hole up in the family home and leave his estimated $400 million of Bitcoin riches untouched. It seemed similarly implausible that Nakamoto’s first response to my knocking at his door would be to call the cops,” writes Goodman.
“I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,” Nakamoto told Goodman, “It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”
The police made it clear that the interview was over, and Goodman left. However, she continued her investigation through interviews with those closest to Nakamoto.
“He’s a brilliant man. I’m just a humble engineer. He’s very focused and eclectic in his way of thinking. Smart, intelligent, mathematics, engineering, computers. You name it, he can do it,” said Nakamoto’s brother.
He also gave Goodman a warning.
“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.”
Many conspiracies surround Bitcoin. Some claim that it is was started by the NSA, or the federal reserve. Nakamoto’s brother’s claim that Nakamoto has worked on “classified stuff” is sure to fuel those conspiracies.
Nakamoto’s second wife says her husband “did not talk much about his work” and sometimes took on military projects independent of RCA.
A libertarian, Nakamoto instructed his daughter to be independent, start her own business and “not be under the government’s thumb,” she says. “He was very wary of the government, taxes and people in charge.”
Some of Nakamoto’s children remain skeptical as to whether or not their father is the legendary creator of the crypto-currency.
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