The search for Satoshi Nakamoto has been going on for at least five years now, but the quest is now probably over, after new evidence including blog posts, emails and accounting statements, has been leaked by an anonymous source to tech websites Gizmodo and Wired.
Satoshi Nakamoto is the owner of over one million Bitcoins, which, with the price level at time of writing, equals to $400 million USD.
The truth is probably less exotic than we imagined, as the inventor of Bitcoin is far from being a secluded, unsuccessful physician/engineer of japanese origins, but a much more ordinary Australian business man.
The anonymous source gave proofs going from a clear blog post date 10th January 2009 to a PGP key Satoshi required people from the project to use, passing through his ex-wife claim that he was working on “digital money”, his use of email firstname.lastname@example.org, an address used in early development Stages by Satoshi Nakamoto, and his activity in lobbying in the Australian Taxation Office in regards to a new technology.
A Yellow In The Yellow
On Wednesday 9th December, Craig’s house was raided by the police. Incidentally, just hours after the release of the reports by the Gizmodo and Wired websites, but police officers claim the raid has nothing to do with Craig’s association to the creation of Bitcoin.
The police raid may have nothing to do with Bitcoin, but surely Wright has a particular stance toward taxation, and this was probably exposed by the tech websites investigation. This could be the source of his problems. In fact, in one of his blog posts from May 2013, titled Morning Manifesto, he stated:
“I will make a solution to problems you have not even thought of and I will do it without YOUR or any state’s permission! I will create things that make your ideas fail as I will not refuse to stop producing. I will not live off or accept welfare and I will not offer you violence. You will have to use violence against me to make me stop however.”
As much as this could be the source of his troubles, it can be also seen as another clue towards the possibility of Craig Wright being the inventor of Bitcoin.
A Man With High Aims
One of Craig’s companies, Panopticrypt, states:
“Panopticrypt was founded by Dr Craig Wright, the only person in the world* to hold all three GIAC Security Expert (GSE) certifications, making him certifiably the world’s foremost IT security expert.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but it surely is emblematic of his ego. But then, if he is Satoshi, why had he chosen to remove himself from a revolutionary idea like Bitcoin?
The Last Word Is Not Said Yet
However, all the proofs are still “circumstantial”. At the moment, there’s no definitive evidence. All of these “proofs” could have been made up by somebody, even though imagining his objective for producing such an elaborated and well built intrigue, is difficult.
And regarding the evidence of tax lobbying, mouths are still sealed up. So no personal declaration has been made, from anybody, with no witness in sight.
The Bitcoin population is split around 50/50 on whether Craig Steven Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto or not.
Whatever the case, Simon Dixon, a Bitcoin enthusiast and entrepreneur, CEO ofBnkToTheFuture.com and Fund Manager at Bitcoin Capital, says that:
“Satoshi Nakamoto should have the Nobel Prize judges knocking on his door rather than the Australian police force. Nobody will have more of an impact on the future of finance than Satoshi. If the alleged identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is true then there will be a very large following behind him that will be forever grateful to his services to humankind and financial progress. I hope we don’t let an individual personal affairs undermine the invention of Bitcoin. However, looking at the price it seems the market has looked favourably upon the news.”
This day is leaving us with some questions, the most banal one: is Craig Steven Wright really Satoshi Nakamoto? But there’s still plenty to think about: if he is, why did he prefer to disappear from the scene? Was he scared by what he created and the possible consequences of being identified?
Whatever the answers, seeing the recent police raid into his house, and his stance toward taxation, there are good chances we will soon know the truth: if Craig is Satoshi, a part of the million of Bitcoins on the Satoshi account is going to be converted into FIAT currency… to pay theFines.
Ah, the irony.