Dorian Nakamoto, the subject of Newsweek’s provocative report claiming him to be the founder of Bitcoin, has issued a formal letter stating his unequivocal rejection of the claim.
The letter was given to Reuters’ Felix Salmon by Ethan Kirschner, who was recently retained by Nakamoto for legal services on the matter. Salmon has tweeted the letter, saying he’s “very interested how @newsweek will respond”.
In the letter, Nakamoto reiterates earlier statements he made to AP denying any connection with Bitcoin, or “bitcom” as he referred to it in his interview with AP. He goes on to describe his rocky work history and how this recent saga has made matters worse.
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As of now, Newsweek has not responded to the letter.
Meanwhile, over $28,000 worth of bitcoins has been donated thus far to help Nakamoto with legal and other expenses, and the amount is still growing. 1800 payments have been received thus far. The address was set up by Andreas Antonopoulos, chief security officer for Blockchain.info. In a reddit post, he wrote:
“If this person is not Satoshi, then these funds will serve as a ‘sorry for what happened to you’….It serves to soften the damage caused by irresponsible journalism and to demonstrate the generosity and empathy of the community.”
Ironically, others have suggested he take up employment in Bitcoin-related business, assessing his technical and soft skills as being ideal for a job in “impromptu HCI testing/feedback”, for example.