Since the creation of the bitcoin whitepaper 10 years ago and it consequent launch, Satoshi Nakamoto has been a mystery that the crypto community has speculated much about, with a number of people claiming to be the ones behind the now legendary name.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the matter of Nakamoto’s identity, however, not much progress has been made, and the crypto community is still none the wiser of who the person (or the people) behind Nakamoto is. There are a number of names that have been linked to the pseudonym as well as a number of people that have made a Satoshi ‘coming out’.
Various people have been suspected of being Nakamoto at one point in time or another, one was Hal Finney, a cryptographic pioneer before bitcoin’s existence, another was Nick Szabo, a crypto enthusiast, smart contract term coiner, and blockchain pioneer believed to have been involved in bitcoin’s whitepaper, and often being ascribed the name of Nakamoto, however Szabo has denied these speculations.
And, of course, Craig Wright, an Austrailian businessman and crypto enthusiast who has infamously claimed to be the creator of bitcoin (Bitcoin). Many, including John McAfee, no introduction needed here, and Jeff Garzik, a programmer who worked with Nakamoto on the first cryptocurrencies source code, do not believe Wright and claim that the evidence he provides does not prove anything.
Craig Wright claims to be the real Satoshi. He says this believing that no-one knows the truth. He is wrong. I tell you now - the real Satoshi is not Craig Wright.— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 16, 2018
Some speculate that Nakamoto’s disappearance from the forums in 2011 was to help keep bitcoin decentralized.
But let us swing back to Craig Wright, the man whose rhetoric against the opposing BCH update (ABC) is rather aggressive, claiming that if the majority of miners don’t engage in his protocol he will bring down bitcoin’s price to $1,000. He is believed to have written a Tweet under the nickname of @satoshi regarding SegWit, a new bitcoin protocol that increases transaction safety and block capacity:
“I do not want to be public, but, there is an issue with SegWit. If it is not fixed, there will be nothing and I would have failed. There is only one way that Bitcoin survives and it is important to me that it works. Important enough, that I may be known openly.”
The account has already been blocked by Twitter for impersonation, however, the Tweet itself still made the crypto community go wild. Most believe that the Tweet was sent by Craig Wright due to his unusual punctuation style.
We still can’t say for sure whether Craig Wright is or isn’t the real Satoshi Nakamoto, however, it appears that the crypto community is highly skeptical of this fact. And whoever Nakomoto is or was, it does seem extremely unlikely that after such a long period of silence, he suddenly reappears with an opinionated Tweet.
It is possible that in the future we will see an autobiography by the mysterious bitcoin creator, where we might learn the truth about all the Nakamoto theories out there.
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