The reports are raising more questions than answers.
Two independent investigations conducted by Wired and Gizmodo led to an interesting discovery—an Australian security researcher, Dr. Craig Wright, is reportedly the real identity behind the fictitious character of Satoshi Nakamoto, who is credited for creating Bitcoin, the popular digital currency.
Some believed the story while others were skeptical. Both Wired and Gizmodo admitted finding irregularities in the claim. Wired, for instance, discovered that several blog posts on Dr. Wright's website (deactivated) were edited, leaving an impression that he was trying to set himself up. Gizmodo, on the other hand, called Wright a potential “brilliant hoaxer.”
Apparently, the anonymous hacker who leaked the documents tipped Nathaniel Popper of The New York Times. Popper, a journalist and author of the book titled Digital Gold, said that he received an email in October, claiming that Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto. Popper dismissed the tip, saying that he wasn't convinced at the time because Wright worked for the NSA, according to his profile on LinkedIn.
When the New York Times ignored the leaks, the hacker sent the documents to Wired and Gizmodo. Interestingly, Dr. Wright left a review of Popper's book on Amazon in September. In it, Wright said, “Like the US is the only country to produce tech.”
He also wrote, “Always the assumption that SN (Satoshi Nakamoto) must be a bloody yank. The analysis of who Satoshi is always so limited.”
Hours after the story broke out, Craig Wright deleted and deactivated his website and social accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Wright’s Twitter account listed Chiba City, Japan as his current location. Is Dr. Wright the creator of Bitcoin? No one knows.
1.Got a very curious email attempting to dox Craig Wright -- Wired's Satoshi -- back in Oct. Didn't find it convincing at the time.— Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) December 8, 2015
2.That email claimed that the records of Wright's Aussie company"detail 100's of 1000s of BTC spent in developing blockchain solutions."— Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) December 8, 2015
In my convos today with Bitcoin folks who dealt with Satoshi this is about where they are coming out: 60 Wright is wrong/40 Wright is right— Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) December 9, 2015
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