There are hundreds of people who have admitted to being Satoshi Nakamoto, but only a handful of them have a direct connection to Bitcoin and its mysterious origins. We take a look at the mysterious candidates:
Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto
The first real candidate was a Japanese American man living in California, with the birth name of Satoshi Nakamoto. He was first tracked down by Newsweek magazine back in 2014. In an initial interview, when asked about Bitcoin, the only thing Dorian had to say was that he worked on ‘that’ a long time ago and wouldn’t like to talk about it.This was clear evidence at the time that he was the original Bitcoin creator, or at least created in part. Prentice indeed worked as a Systems and Computer Engineer for a good part of his life.
Unfortunately, in later interviews, he revealed that he had misinterpreted the question presented by Newsweek. He, in fact, had never even heard of Bitcoin. Many were suspicious, but eventually, the dots were connected and it was clear that Prentice’s only real connection to Satoshi Nakamoto was by name.
A pre-cryptocurrency cryptographic pioneer, and the supposed second person to ever use/own Bitcoin. Interestingly, he lived close to Dorian Prentice and could have even used his name as a pseudonym. Upon inspection of his work, it was revealed that Finney’s emails/work were very similar to Nakamoto’s verified writings, in style.
Finney became paralyzed due to ALS in 2013 and unfortunately passed away in 2014. Before his passing, he announced that he was NOT Satoshi Nakamoto. Many still speculate that he was at least a partner to Nakamoto.
Craig Steven Wright
Perhaps the most controversial of the candidates is an Australian businessman that admitted to being the acclaimed Bitcoin founder. In late 2015, his emails were supposedly ‘hacked’ revealing that he was Satoshi Nakamoto. He finally admitted that he was Satoshi Nakamoto in 2016 after BBC and other news agencies got hold of the story.
Everything seemed crystal clear until it was revealed that the evidence was very possibly fraudulent. As soon as speculations began to rise, Wright backed out suddenly. He still insists that he the mysterious Bitcoin creator, but has given no further evidence to prove this.
It was later revealed that he had used his fame/infamy to create wealth and pay off a pressing tax problem he was facing. It became more and more apparent that he had a lot to gain from falsely admitting he was Satoshi Nakamoto.
Where in the world is Satoshi Nakamoto?!
Satoshi Nakamoto may remain anonymous forever, who knows. What is more than likely is that Satoshi Nakamoto is more than just one person, but rather a team. A team that maybe did not realise the full potential of their work or realise that they were given a part of what is now known as Bitcoin.
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