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Leaked Documents Points to Australian Entrepreneur as Bitcoin Inventor

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Dec 10, 2015
bitcoin_smallWired magazine, through a series of documents leaked to it, believes it has determine the likely identity of who invented the digital currency Bitcoin, saying that evidence points to an Australian entrepreneur named Craig Steven Wright. While the founder is popularly known as Satoshi Nakamoto, who first outlined the concept of Bitcoin in a 2008 paper, it has long been understood that the name is a pseudonym for a person or group of people. While previous media reports had pointed to an LA-based engineer named Dorian Nakamoto, that later turned out to be false (and, incidentally, led to a lawsuit from the not-Satoshi for the damage the story caused). Wired, however, said that the leaked documents provide compelling evidence that Wright is the person everyone has been looking for all these years. The leak includes several blog posts, emails, transcripts and accounting forms. They chronicle Wright talking about releasing a paper that is extremely similar to the 2008 one, as well as his connection to a large collection of Bitcoins called "Tulip Trust" that happens to be almost the exact same size as the massive trove that has long been linked to Nakamoto (remember, Bitcoin operates on a public ledger system, allowing everyone to see every transaction that has ever been undertaken with the currency). There's also a transcript of a meeting with with tax officials where Wright says he has been trying to keep people from knowing he has "been running Bitcoin since 2009." 

When Wired reached out to Wright with its evidence, they received cryptic responses that neither confirmed nor denied their suspicions before he cut off contact altogether.