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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast 182

Yesterday, Newsweek outed the creator of Bitcoin. Or did they? An anonymous reader tipped us to news that the account on p2pfoundation that posted the original Bitcoin paper, posted for the first time in five years simply noting "I am not Dorian Nakamoto." And the Satoshi Nakamto Newsweek claims was the creator? In an interview with the AP, he claims to have only learned of Bitcoin recently, and that his comments were taken far out of context. From the article: "He also said a key portion of the piece — where he is quoted telling the reporter on his doorstep before two police officers, 'I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it' — was misunderstood. Nakamoto said he is a native of Beppu, Japan who came to the U.S. as a child in 1959. He speaks both English and Japanese, but his English isn't flawless. ... 'I'm saying I'm no longer in engineering. That's it,' he said of the exchange. 'And even if I was, when we get hired, you have to sign this document, contract saying you will not reveal anything we divulge during and after employment. So that's what I implied. ... It sounded like I was involved before with bitcoin and looked like I'm not involved now. That's not what I meant. I want to clarify that,' he said.

Newsweek writer Leah McGrath Goodman, who spent two months researching the story, told the AP: 'I stand completely by my exchange with Mr. Nakamoto. There was no confusion whatsoever about the context of our conversation -and his acknowledgment of his involvement in bitcoin.'"
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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

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  • by fishybell ( 516991 ) <fishybell&hotmail,com> on Friday March 07, 2014 @01:10PM (#46428725) Homepage Journal

    If it is the Satoshi Nakamoto, there is a pattern: a complete lack of the understanding of how personal privacy works on the internet.

    1. He uses his own name, or at least a variation on it, when he created bitcoin.
    2. He outs himself assuming he'd still maintain privacy because he's no longer "involved."

    The fact that he's fairly old adds to the evidence. If he were in his mid 20s he'd never have used his real name or outted himself because he'd understand how privacy works (or rather, doesn't work) with respect to the internet.

  • Police interview (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CurryCamel ( 2265886 ) on Friday March 07, 2014 @01:35PM (#46428945) Journal

    He also said a key portion of the piece - where he is quoted telling the reporter on his doorstep before two police officers

    I know one should not mention the pink elephant in the room, but why did the newsweek reported do the interview with the police present?

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