Bitcoin creator mystery continues: Dorian Nakamoto speaks out, unveils government contracting past
Dorian Nakamoto is seeking to clear his name — denying any involvement in the development of Bitcoin (BTC).
Dorian Nakamoto denied involvement with Bitcoin’s development.
“The main reason I’m here is to clear my name; that I have nothing to do with Bitcoin, nothing to do with developing.”
Furthermore, he revealed that during the early development of Bitcoin in 2001, he was working as a government contractor — he did not state the nature of this role.
When presented with copies of messages — presumably from the Bitcointalk.org forum in which Satoshi Nakamoto communicated development progress — Dorian Nakamoto said, “I never communicated with Bitcoins” — adding that in 2010, when the messages were dated from, “I was at home.”
Satoshi Nakamoto mystery
The identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is shrouded in mystery.
The Bitcoin community has put forward several likely candidates, including the late Hal Finney – a cryptographer who was extensively involved in the development of Bitcoin. Finney was the first recipient of a BTC transfer, and some speculate that he sent those first Bitcoins to himself.
Programmer Nick Szabo is another popular choice. Szabo had already developed a decentralized, proof-of-work virtual currency called “Bit gold,” publishing its paper in 1998 — more than a decade before Bitcoin rolled out.
More recently, with the discovery of the Bitcoin whitepaper embedded in every Mac operating system from Catalina onwards, there has been renewed speculation connecting Steve Jobs to Satoshi Nakamoto.
However, the individual or group that created Bitcoin is widely considered technically competent at coding and cryptography — which Jobs was not.
Apple co-founder Steven Wozniak said Jobs never coded but was proficient enough at it “to alter and change and add to other designs” occasionally. Wozniak describes Jobs more as a visionary.
“Steve didn’t ever code. He wasn’t an engineer and he didn’t do any original design.”
Public information on Dorian Nakamoto described him as an American-Japanese physicist who had adopted libertarian views after being fired from jobs multiple times.
Since being “outed” by Newsweek in 2014, Dorian has consistently denied being Satoshi Nakamoto — saying the connection has caused him and his family frequent stress.
“I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin. I unconditionally deny the Newsweek report.”
In a coincidental twist, at one point, Dorian lived close to Finney in Temple City, California.