Could this Bitcoin developer be Satoshi Nakamoto?

Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin (BTC), is for many the biggest figurehead of the entire crypto industry. On October 31, 2008, Bitcoin was first introduced with the publication of the nine-page long white paper. The decentralized network has been operational since January 3, 2009 and has undergone impressive development to this day. Despite the fame Satoshi Nakamoto could get with this, the identity behind the brains of the very first crypto is still a great mystery.

Earlier this week, it appeared in the Bitcoin news that the Bitcoin creator last made an appearance 12 years ago. Among other things, he wrote that he had taken his hands off the project.

Coinciding with this disappearance, a former chief Bitcoin developer, Gavin Andresen, left in a post on the Bitcoin Talk forum that he was planning to give a presentation about Bitcoin at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the United States’ foreign intelligence agency.

Is this a coincidence or could this possibly be related?

Bitcoin presentation in 2011

According to Andresen’s report at the time, he had expected his visit to spark conspiracy theories, which is why he wanted to “bring it out.” As he said at the time, this was a good opportunity to discuss the benefits of Bitcoin, which he felt would align with the government’s goals:

“I think the goals of this project are to create a better currency, create a more competitive and efficient international payments system, and give people more direct control over their finances. And I don’t think any of the goals are incompatible with the government’s goals.”

Disappearance Satoshi Nakamoto

Since 2011, Satoshi hasn’t made any public statements or comments, unless you believe Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who has long claimed he’s the one behind the pseudonym. However, in December you could read that he has stopped convincing others that he would be Satoshi.

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Interestingly, Andresen are in May 2016 commitlost access to Bitcoin Core on Github after publicly supporting Wright’s claims. However, he later expressed regret over his involvement, saying he “made a mistake trusting Wright.”

The mystery behind the identity of the Bitcoin creator is anything but easy to unravel as little information has been released by Satoshi. Speculation remains a popular pastime for many and many names are likely to be mentioned.

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