In a wild tale of who is Satoshi Nakamoto following an investigative report by Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman, which pinned the creator of bitcoin on a 64 year old living in California, also named Satoshi Nakamoto. The story continued as reporters converged on Nakamoto’s home today to hear his side of the story and verify the account in Newsweek.
With a crowd around his home as he opened his door, Nakamoto randomly picked a single journalist saying he wasn’t going to talk until he got his free lunch first. The two then drove to a sushi store as they were continued to be followed by the throng of reporters. This led to Nakamoto and the chosen AP reporter to take off towards AP’s downtown LA bureau, with sushi and all for a two hour plus stay in the office as reporters remained outside waiting for either of the two to emerge again.
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The answer to whether this is ‘the’ Satoshi Nakamoto emerged as AP published the results of its exclusive interview reported by AP’s Ryan Nakashima. According to the report, Nakamoto denied creating bitcoin as well as any involvement with the digital currency going as far as to say to Nakashima that “he had never heard of Bitcoin until his son told him he had been contacted by a reporter three weeks ago.”
During the interview, Nakamoto acknowledged that the Newsweek article did contain truth about his previous occupations, including that he had worked in the past with a defense contractor. But, Nakashima wrote that Nakamoto “strongly disputes the magazine’s assertion that he is ‘the face behind Bitcoin.’”