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In an exclusive interview with the AP Thursday afternoon, the man who Newsweek claimed earlier in the day to be Bitcoin’s founder refuted the article.

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man identified in a Newsweek article published Thursday as the creator of Bitcoin, denied any role in Bitcoin’s emergence in a separate report late Thursday. According to the AP, Nakamoto said he hadn’t heard of the digital currency until his son called to let him know that he’d been contacted by the Newsweek reporter.

With his house in Temple City, Calif. surrounded by media Thursday morning following the Newsweek report, Nakamoto left to get lunch, seemingly choosing the AP reporter at random as a companion. After the media trailed him to and from the restaurant, a “car chase” ensued to the AP’s downtown Los Angeles bureau where he gave the outlet an exclusive two-hour interview. Los Angeles Times reporter Andrea Chang had tweeted about Nakamoto’s denial earlier after she spoke to him at both the restaurant and in the elevator on his way to the AP offices.

Newsweek magazine alleged Satoshi Nakamoto, pictured here, was the creator of Bitcoin. He has since denied the accusation in an interview with the AP. Source: Satoshi Nakamoto/WagumaBher

Newsweek magazine alleged Satoshi Nakamoto, pictured here, was the creator of Bitcoin. He has since denied the accusation in an interview with the AP. Source: Satoshi Nakamoto/WagumaBher

The tale of Bitcoin’s creator had always been shrouded in mystery after the name Satoshi Nakamoto first appeared on the 2009 paper (PDF) entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. It had been rumored that it was a pseudonym for someone or even a group of people.

The Newsweek article on Thursday though alleged that the name wasn’t actually a pseudonym at all.

The reporter, with the help of two forensic analysts credited in the story, found the name Satoshi Nakamoto in a database of naturalization cards. The article painted the picture of a man who had legally changed his name to Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, as a “64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto. He is someone with a penchant for collecting model trains and a career shrouded in secrecy, having done classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military.” Interviews with his family in the Newsweek article suggested that he would have been technically capable of creating the cryptocurrency, although it included an interview with his brother, who said that Nakomoto would deny everything.

Nakamoto did confirm several of the article’s facts including his previous defense contract work in his interview with the AP, but still denies creating the digital currency.

This story was updated several times as more information became available. Feature image from Pond5/artist3d.

  1. After 5 years of silence(since 2009) real Satoshi Nakamoto gone public again with the claim that he is not Dorian Nakamoto.

    Case closed.

    http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/forum/topics/bitcoin-open-source?commentId=2003008%3AComment%3A52186&xg_source=activity

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  2. Newsweek has egg on it’s face.

    Look at his English here (the real inventror who speaks fluent English)

    http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/forum/topics/bitcoin-open-source?xg_source=activity

    this is someone who perfectly understands P2P and decentralized network and speaks fluent English

    Also, see his discussions and responses in cryptography mailing list dating back to 2009

    http://www.mail-archive.com/search?l=cryptography@metzdowd.com&q=from:%22Satoshi+Nakamoto%22

    Now compare someone that fluent in English with Dorian

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-exclusive-man-denies-hes-bitcoin-founder

    “Several times during the interview with AP, Nakamoto mistakenly referred to the currency as “bitcom,” and as a single company”

    “”I’m saying I’m no longer in engineering. That’s it,” he said of the exchange. “And even if I was, when we get hired, you have to sign this document, contract saying you will not reveal anything we divulge during and after employment. So that’s what I implied.”

    They are not the same person, idiots!!

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  3. The post on ning also doesnt prove anything. For all we know, the creator really is the guy outed by newsweek, but to fool us he logs in as himself after 5 years of silence to tell us hes really not himself. Or maybe not. In other words, we are still at square one and nobody really knows for sure who the real creator is until they claim their bitcoins.

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  4. Helen Reynolds Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    It’s not him! These guys have started a fund to buy him free lunch! LOL

    http://doriansatoshinakamoto.com

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