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Former Bitcoin Developer Shares Early Satoshi Nakamoto Emails (vice.com) 42

Jordan Pearson, writing for Motherboard: Satoshi Nakamoto is Bitcoin's anonymous creator and absentee head of state. In the years since she (or he, or they) disappeared into the ether and left the technology in the hands of a few high-profile developers, Nakamoto's words have become nigh-gospel for some in the Bitcoin world. On Friday, a user going by "CipherionX" on the Bitcointalk forum published five emails allegedly between Satoshi Nakamoto and former Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn. In an email to Motherboard, Hearn confirmed that he shared the emails with the user. While Hearn himself, who was one of the earliest Bitcoin developers, has previously quoted most of the juicy bits from his correspondence with Nakamoto, it appears to be the first time much of the material has been shared in full. None of the emails are included on a popular database of Nakamoto's writings collected from old emails and forum posts.
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Former Bitcoin Developer Shares Early Satoshi Nakamoto Emails

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  • Wait for some sort of verification before you start a "Satoshi Said" holy war.

    • Did you even read the summary? 1) some other user published them, 2) the original recipient of the emails said they are real.

      Yes, both of them could be lying, but isn't the recipient/participant in the conversation saying they're real verification for these purposes?

      • by ASDFnz ( 472824 )

        Did you even read the summary?

        Yes. More importantly, I read them when they were released here:

        1) some other user published them,

        Thats right

        2) the original recipient of the emails said they are real.

        https://bitcointalk.org/index.... [bitcointalk.org]

        Yes, both of them could be lying, but isn't the recipient/participant in the conversation saying they're real verification for these purposes?

      • by ASDFnz ( 472824 )

        Slashdot it totally farked at the moment BUT what I was going to say is that we only have the users word that the original recipient of the emails said they are real.

        • OK, then I guess you're saying that we don't have proof of "In an email to Motherboard, Hearn confirmed that he shared the emails with the user."

          • by ASDFnz ( 472824 )

            I am saying all we have at the moment is hearsay. Somebody gave someone else something and someone says someones else verifies it.

            I am not even saying it isn't true, I am just saying that in bitcoin there are A LOT of fakes out there and until you actually get the evidence treat everything with suspicion. Fortunately, bitcoin being based in cryptography we can have overwhelming evidence that something is true or not and that makes it even more suspicious when we have a "take my word for it" story like thi

  • Nakamoto's words have become nigh-gospel for some in the Bitcoin world.

    and:

    None of the emails are included on a popular database of Nakamoto's writings collected from old emails and forum posts.

    Who reveres this imaginary person so much? Who would maintain a popular database of his writings? Could it be Satoshi Nakamato?

    • People who understand the significance of what he created?
      People who think he may still be out there?
      People who think it's a pseudonym for a government group, alien invasion team, barbershop quarter?

  • There are a small number of N.Koreans in Japan that might be behind bitcoin to topple capitalist pigs.

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