John McAfee knows who Satoshi is - but can't tell you
Eccentric entrepreneur claims the identity of Bitcoin’s creator is "clear"
The Anglo-American computer programmer and business John McAfee has stated he is 99 per cent certain who really created 0'>Bitcoin (BTC).
Bitcoin’s 2008 white paper was authored by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, since then debate and consternation has raged as to who really created what is now the world’s largest cryptocurrency.
The Australian Craig Wright has most famously declared himself to be the true Satoshi. However, a stream of lawsuits in which judges found him to have forged documents have since dented his credibility.
Speaking to Cointelegraph, the long-time critic of the US government and intermittent fugitive dismissed as “nonsense” the notion that a single person named Satoshi created Bitcoin. Instead he asserted: “It was a team of eleven people over a period of five years, that came up, eventually, with [Bitcoin].”
The Gloucestershire-born businessmen argued that the clues to Satoshi’s identity lie in the white paper and even accepted Wright as a possible author. “If you read the whitepaper, number one, it's totally clear he’s English — every single word that has a different spelling in English and American is English,” McAfee stated.
He added: “Number two, he left tells. There is only five percent of the population that has two spaces after a period — everything has two spaces after a period. And, the format of the document was identical to documents that he had published professionally.”
McAfee admitted that he was now no longer willing to publicly out Satoshi’s identity, after a phone conversation with the man he believes to have authored the white paper.
“You know what he told me? Very smart motherf*****, he said ‘Ok, what if you’re wrong?’ He goes, ‘if you’re right, then Satoshi is going to have to hire fifty security guards and change his life, or else he will die.’ Why? Everyone is going to want a piece of him, including the governments that demand that he pay taxes,” recalled McAfee of the conversation. Resisting the temptation to end the endless debate, McAfee simply stated: “If you want to know, figure it out yourself, it's easy.“
Whether McAfee’s crypto exegesis is correct or not, crypto enthusiasts have learned to take his statements with a pinch of salt. In July 2017, he stated that if Bitcoin had not broken $1m in 2020 he would consume his own genitalia on national television. At the start of this year he tweeted that the comment was a "ruse".
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