The statement came in an email from Ethan D. Kirschner, a Los Angeles lawyer.
"This firm has been retained by Dorian S. Nakamoto, the subject of the recent Newsweek cover story on Bitcoin," Kirschner said in an email. "He has issued the attached prepared statement. No further comment will be made by Mr. Nakamoto or the firm."
In the statement, Nakamoto says:
"I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin. I unconditionally deny the Newsweek report."
Following is Nakamoto's statement in full, posted by Reuters' Felix Salmon.
It appears Kirschner was batting from Nakamoto from the beginning, too! A fellow with the same name on Twitter described journalists reporting the news as "stalkers" not long after the story broke.