Guess what? This week we can add another chapter to the Bitcoin story. Newsweek’s journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman, launched an investigation and managed to find – or maybe not – the famous founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. Were you expected a young geeky Japanese engineer working through day and night in a dark bedroom in Tokyo? Well sorry to disappoint you but the founder of Bitcoin could be a 64 years-old American-Japanese that still lives with his mom in California. Like most of the virtual currency aficionados, you just experienced the fall. The instant fall of all your expectation and fantasy down to the ground. The journalist who revealed the information (or did she – the man himself is claiming not to be the creator of Bitcoin now) investigated for two month, tracked him down, literally tracked him down which forced him to call the police for protection, talked to his family and acquaintance, met him, made him say that he was who she thought he was, wrote an article and published the whole story. As you can imagine, her article was badly received by the Bitcoin community. The reason why is quite simple; in a way, she revealed the magician and his trick when what we wanted was just to believe in magic.
The article clearly breaks that magic: “Satoshi Nakamoto stands at the end of his sunbaked driveway looking timorous. And annoyed. He’s wearing a rumpled T-shirt, old blue jeans and white gym socks, without shoes, like he has left the house in a hurry. His hair is unkempt, and he has the thousand-mile stare of someone who has gone weeks without sleep.” Well our hero definitively does not look like what we expected! He is described to be living “a pretty humble life” not to say boring and average: “I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it. It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.” Not to leave intact any bits of our hero, the journalist quotes him and his English mistakes thus reinforcing the image of an average Japanese migrant in America who would have created a phenomenon way bigger and way glamorous than he is. Our so-called Satoshi Nakamoto whose real name is now Dorian Nakamoto commented on this particular quote to the Associated Press “it was a reference not to Bitcoin but to my work as an engineer on classified government projects.” The journalist did not hesitate to add some of her personal comments: “the trail followed by Newsweek led to a 64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto. 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.” How disappointing!
But since the revelation, Satoshi or Dorian Nakamoto denies it all. It has now become very difficult to decipher the truth from the false as the journalist’s investigation clearly demonstrates that even if Dorian was indeed the creator of Bitcoin he would strongly denies any link with it. And this is exactly what is happening today.
What seems to be certain is that the Bitcoin community rejected this revelation. On Reddit hundreds of conversation flourished in just a few days demonstrating how Dorian Nakamoto could not be the man who invented Bitcoin. Redditors expressed their fear in regard to Dorian’s safety as it is well known that the inventor of Bitcoin would have amassed between eight hundred thousand and a million Bitcoin which would be worth with today valuation half a billion dollars. Redditors expressed anger toward Newsweek journalist who gave enough details on Dorian Nakamoto for anyone to easily track him down: his home location and even photographs clearly indicate his exact address as well as his car’s license-plate number.
One new development changed again our understanding of the whole revelation. Since 2009, Bitcoin real inventor completely disappeared. “His” or “her” or “their” last sign of life was an email sent to Bitcoin Protocol introducing the virtual currency. Since then, nothing. On Thursday March 6th, an email was sent from this same exact email account which had been dormant since 2009. The unexpected email was simply and clearly stating: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”
The Face Behind Bitcoin – Newsweek