Meet the "creator" of Bitcoin

Satoshi Nakamoto, 64, is apparently the San Bernardino man who first developed Bitcoin, the popular cryptocurrency and drama machine. He is bemused, and generally unimpressed. Leah McGrath Goodman found him.
But a two-month investigation and interviews with those closest to Nakamoto and the developers who worked most frequently with him on the out-of-nowhere global phenomenon that is Bitcoin reveal the myths surrounding the world's most famous crypto-currency are largely just that - myths - and the facts are much stranger than the well-established fiction.

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  1. There are a couple of oddities about that article, other than the reporter stalking this guy..

    Two police officers from the Temple City, Calif., sheriff's department flank him, looking puzzled. "So, what is it you want to ask this man about?" one of them asks me. "He thinks if he talks to you he's going to get into trouble."

    "I don't think he's in any trouble," I say. "I would like to ask him about Bitcoin. This man is Satoshi Nakamoto."

    "What?" The police officer balks. "This is the guy who created Bitcoin? It looks like he's living a pretty humble life."

    Really? Some random police officer in Temple, CA knows that Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the mysterious creator of Bitcoin?? That seems a bit implausible.

    Satoshi Nakamoto's 2008 online proposal also hints at his age, with the odd reference to "disk space" - something that hasn't been an issue since the last millennium - and older research citations of contemporaries' work going back to 1957.

    Disk space hasn't been an issue since 1999? Seriously? That's the sort of thing that counts as evidence here? As far as I can tell - disk space is still an issue and not a term that is no longer in general use.

    Reading her article it seemed plausible that this chap is the inventor of Bitcoin, but it seemed just as plausible that he was someone who may be a bit tired of crazy reporters calling him up and trying to determine if he's THAT Satoshi Nakamoto.

  2. I've never seen such consistent outrage in the comments to an article attacking the journalistic ethics of the writer as in this one. I went to read them because I felt the same way. This story is written as an outing of someone clearly not wanting to be outed, by a writer who tricked their way into his confidence. Newsweek does not come off good in this picture.

  3. Nice. I like how the reporter provides all the details of how she continued to harass him for an interview. Starts by befriending him online under the guise of a fellow model train enthusiast (using an email address that she somehow got from a model train company). When that doesn't work, contacts his son to try to get him to talk. And so on. Seems unethical & disgusting. I stopped reading.

  4. I see Boing Boing has finally transitioned to the "Daily Mail" penchant for regurgitating stories with very little fact-checking. It's bad enough that newsweek has this up on their site, essentially "doxxing" an old man who wants to be left alone - with a picture of his house, no less. But equally damning is the fact that Boing Boing would choose to point a finger (and a link, how helpful!) at this debacle.

    Did anyone think over at the Boing Boing HQ that they'd be complicit if something happened to the man in question, or the reporter who wrote the story?

    What's that? You didn't?

    You don't say...

  5. This article is very suspect. I don't think I believe it. And it is awful that they posted a picture of a mans house and effectively claim that there could be $400,000,000 in it.

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