AP: Satoshi Nakamoto says he’s not THE Satoshi Nakamoto of Bitcoin fame
Newsweek emerged from its hibernation this week with a blockbuster story: the real identity of the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, who went by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Newsweek claims he is a 64-year-old, Japanese-American software engineer born Satoshi Nakamoto.
On Thursday, that Satoshi Nakamoto said Newsweek got it wrong.
In an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press, Nakamoto, 64, denied he had anything to do with it and said he had never heard of bitcoin until his son told him he had been contacted by a Newsweek reporter three weeks ago.
Nakamoto acknowledged that many of the details in Newsweek’s report are correct, including that he once worked for a defense contractor, and that his given name at birth was Satoshi. But he strongly disputed the magazine’s assertion that he is “the face behind bitcoin.”
“I got nothing to do with it,” he said, repeatedly.
Meanwhile, the real Satoshi Nakamoto says he’s not Newsweek’s Satoshi Nakamoto. p2pfoundation.ning.com Of course, since he’s remaining anonymous, no one is really sure if that’s the for-real Satoshi, or someone pretending to be the real Satoshi.
And so the plot thickens … Did Newsweek fumble its cover story? Is Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, Calif., trying to hoodwink us? Is the real Satoshi sowing seeds of confusion and doubt? Will the real inventor of Bitcoin please stand up, please stand up?
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