The Other Nakamoto
Could there be a more obvious suspect in the case to discover Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity than a libertarian computer engineers whose birth name actually is Satoshi Nakamoto?
Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto is a Japanese American man in his late 60s living in California, whose passion these days seems to be altering model steam trains by utilizing computer-aided design technology.
However, he also happens to be a physicist who worked on classified defense projects and had previously helped innovate technology for financial information service companies.
Moreover, Nakamoto’s daughter was quoted as saying that her libertarian father had once told her to become an entrepreneur in order to “not be under the government’s thumb.” She went on to say that “He was very wary of the government, taxes, and people in charge.”
In essence, Dorian Nakamoto seems to be a man who would have the know-how as well as the sort of political ideology one would expect from the creator of a cryptocurrency such as bitcoin.
Nakamoto created media frenzy back in 2014 when Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman asked him about Bitcoin, and he stated, “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.”
One might conclude that his response would indicate that the case is closed; we have found the true identity of Bitcoin’s original creator.
However, it’s also important to understand that Dorian Nakamoto was 64 at the time he was questioned, and that English is not his native language. Moreover, the physicist would later state that he misunderstood Goodman’s question and thought he was asking about his time working on classified defense projects.
After Newsweek broke a story that claimed Dorian Nakamoto was the man behind Bitcoin’s creation, the online account for Satoshi Nakamoto became active again for the first time in nearly 5 years. His post on the P2P Foundation website (a site where he had previously surfaced) was brief and to the point; it simply stated, “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”
Was this simply Dorian Nakamoto trying to throw everyone off track?
If the real Bitcoin founder wished to remain anonymous would he be foolish enough to use his real name or could this be a case of someone simply hiding in plain sight?
It would appear that the curious case of Dorian Nakamoto has left those in search of Bitcoin’s founder Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity, with more questions than answer.
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