Newsweek claims to have found a 64-year-old Japanese-American man living in Southern California who may be the elusive creator of Bitcoin.
The man in question, Satoshi Nakamoto, has done classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military. The reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman, interviewed friends, family, and the children of Nakamoto, who goes by the name Dorian Nakamoto. Yet, for all of her work, she was only able to confront the man once. It's in this brief interaction that Nakamoto all but confirms his involvement with the cryptocurrency. "I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," Nakamoto said. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."
Many publications have tried to find him ever since Bitcoin launched in 2008. Though people knew his name, Nakamoto hadn't been seen in public, and didn't seek magazine covers or attention like most tech personalities today.
Gavin Andresen, the chief Bitcoin developer today, said he spoke to Nakamoto through email and private messaging from 2010 to 2011. He also spoke to Goodman for Newsweek's article, and now he seems to wish he hadn't.
I'm disappointed Newsweek decided to dox the Nakamoto family, and regret talking to Leah.— Gavin Andresen (@gavinandresen) March 6, 2014
Check out the entire article at Newsweek.