It’s been a whirlwind few hours in the bitcoin world as two tech publications say they have identified the real identity of bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakomoto, the bitcoin price surged more than $20 in less than an hour to $417 and the Australian police conducted a raid on the supposed founders house within hours!
Gizmodo and Wired became the latest publications to try to identify the secretive creator of bitcoin after numerous attempts, including an outright hilarious attempt by Newspeak (sorry, Newsweek) when they thought they cornered him by looking up his name in a California phonebook.
The evidence provided by Gizmodo and Wired is mostly circumstantial and based on transcripts of Australian, Craig Wright, who stated, “I did my best to try and hide the fact that I’ve been running bitcoin since 2009 but I think it’s getting – most – most – by the end of this half the world is going to bloody know.”
Whether or not any hard evidence that Craig Wright and “his dead, alcoholic friend” were the creators of bitcoin still remains to be seen. Judging by the looks of his house, if he is Satoshi Nakamoto, reported to own over 1 million bitcoins (worth over $400 million today), he certainly didn’t spend it lavishly.
Although, given the Australian real estate bubble, who knows, maybe that shack is worth $50 million.
More than 10 police thugs arrived at the house in the Sydney suburb of Gordon just hours after the info was released. Two police staff wearing white gloves could be seen from the street searching the cupboards and surfaces of the garage. At least three more were seen from the front door.
The white gloves were likely necessary as bitcoin is well known to easily be damaged by dust and, as most know, bitcoin is best stored in cupboards and garages for safety.
Is it any wonder Satoshi Nakamoto has wanted to stay secret all this time given the raid?
The fasco-communist Australian government, with the commodity-heavy economy in the tank and the Australian dollar haven fallen by nearly 30% in the last year-and-a-half, immediately sent over armed enforcers to search in every nook-and-cranny of the house for the bitcoin to pilfer.
If this really is Satoshi Nakamoto the chances of them finding the $400+ million in bitcoin lying around the garage should be 0%.
One source of The Dollar Vigilante, who knows Steven Wright responded to our enquiry of his identity with, “I am very skeptical.”
Bitcoin will be a big topic at our upcoming TDV Internationalization and Investment Summit on February 18th in Acapulco, Mexico as well as at Anarchapulco on February 19th-21st, 2016. Top bitcoin minds including Roger Ver, Trace Mayer and many more will be there. And TDV subscribers are up nearly 100% on bitcoin since the summer.
The Australian government’s response to just hearing that one of their tax-slaves may be the bitcoin creator just goes to show how much of a threat governments and central banks see in bitcoin. The Bank of International Settlements recently said that bitcoin “could distrupt the central banking model.”
Our response? Good.