The name Satoshi Nakamoto was long thought to be a pseudonym. Nakamoto was the name of the author of a 2009 paper titled, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” which is the document that launched the famous alternative currency known as bitcoin. In the ensuing years, reporters have searched to discover the true identity of the man behind the revolutionary currency. According to a story in the newest issue of Newsweek magazine, the name was not a pseudonym at all; the creator of Bitcoin is, in fact, a man named Satoshi Nakamoto.
As the Newsweek story broke, reporters flocked to the Los Angeles area home of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 64-year-old Japanese American then led reporters all over the city while he, apparently, ran errands and grabbed some lunch.
Fox News reports that Nakamoto acknowledged to reporters that the Newsweek story got many facts about his life correct, including that he once worked as a defense contractor for the U.S. government. He denied, however, that he was the creator of Bitcoin.
According Leah McGrath Goodman, the author of the Newsweek story, Nakamoto did admit to early involvement in the currency’s creation. Fox News quoted Goodman’s story:
"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he said, according to Goodman. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”
Goodman claims Nakamoto then called police to have her removed from his doorstep as she was researching the story.
The slow motion car chase that occurred Thursday was reminiscent, to some Los Angeles observers, of the infamous O.J. Simpson White Bronco chase from the '90s, according to The Daily Dot. This time, though, the lead vehicle was Nakamoto’s Toyota Prius, and reporters didn’t gain much information for their efforts.
As Nakamoto brushed by the reporters in his front yard on the way to his car he told them, “No questions right now. I’m not involved in Bitcoin.”
He then invited an Associated Press reporter to travel with him saying, “I want a free lunch, so I’m going with you.”
That lunch interview only yielded more denials, according to the subsequent AP story.
At the end of the lunch, Nakamoto simply asked, ”How long is this media hoopla going to last?”