Alleged Bitcoin inventor says Newsweek story is dead wrong, Ars Technica
Japanese-American man gets a free lunch, talks to AP—and denies everything.
by Joe Mullin – Mar 7, 2014 Two:41 am UTC
Newsweek made a splash today with its voorkant story claiming that it had found Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin. Even Nakamoto’s family, some of whom were interviewed by Newsweek, didn’t know about his invention.
“I am no longer involved te that and I cannot discuss it,” Nakamoto told the Newsweek writer, confronted outside his huis ter Temple City, California.
The writer, Leah McGrath Goodman, took that spil Nakamoto “tacitly acknowledging his role te the Bitcoin project.”
But within hours of the story’s publication, Dorian S. Nakamoto—he switched his very first name from Satoshi many years ago—explicitly denied that he had anything to do with Bitcoin.
This morning, Nakamoto emerged from his huis to find himself surrounded by a gaggle of reporters.
“I’m not involved te Bitcoin,” Nakamoto said. “Wait a minute—I want a free lunch—I’m going to go with this fellow.”
Nakamoto and an Associated Press reporter went to a sushi restaurant, then headed to the news organization’s office ter downtown Los Angeles. After “an special two-hour vraaggesprek,” the AP has published a story featuring Nakamoto’s flat-out denial that he had anything to do with the digital currency.
Nakamoto, who is 64 years old, “said he never heard of Bitcoin until his son told him he had bot contacted by a reporter three weeks ago,” reports AP.
“I got nothing to do with it,” he repeatedly told the AP. Nakamoto, who came to the US when he wasgoed Ten and does not speak volmaakt English. The key quote—that he is “no longer involved te that”—was misunderstood, he said.
“I’m telling I’m no longer involved te engineering,” said Nakamoto. “That’s it.”
Meantime, the user named “Satoshi Nakamoto,” who posted one of the original descriptions of Bitcoin on a Web forum when it wasgoed launched ter 2009, has written a fresh one-sentence postbode, reading simply: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”
Standing by its story
The Newsweek story includes other evidence linking Nakamoto to Bitcoin, but it’s all circumstantial. For example, ter e-mail exchanges, the period that Bitcoin inventor Nakamoto describes working on the project syncs up with the career arc of Dorian S. Nakamoto, who hasn’t had a regular full-time job since 2001. Dorian Nakamoto is described spil very slim, with a deep background ter mathematics and computers. He’s a libertarian who has long bot skeptical of government power.
He’s also reclusive and sometimes angry. “My brother is an asshole,” said Dorian Nakamoto’s brother. That, too, sounded like the inventor Satoshi. “He wasgoed the kleintje of person who, if you made an fair mistake, he might call you an idiot and never speak to you again,” said Gavin Andresen, Bitcoin’s chief scientist. Andresen interacted with the inventor extensively via e-mail and private message but never heard Satoshi Nakamoto’s voice.
Newsweek writer Goodman spent two months researching the story, and she’s standing by it. “There wasgoed no confusion whatsoever about the setting of our conversation and his acknowledgment of his involvement ter Bitcoin,” she told the AP.
If the Newsweek story is wrong, it will be a major setback for the 80-year-old news weekly. The tv-programma has just returned to newsstands with a print edition after attempting a digital-only strategy for more than a year. The Bitcoin article is the very first voorkant story of the re-launched publication.