Newsweek writer asks if Satoshi Nakamoto is working on behalf of government
Satoshi Nakamoto, the alleged Bitcoin founder who was outed yesterday by Newsweek, did classified work for the U.S. military and major corporations, a fact that will sit uncomfortably with many Bitcoin proponents should it be confirmed that Nakamoto is indeed the father of the cryptocurrency.
Image: Satoshi Nakamoto (Photobucket).
After Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman tracked Nakamoto down to a humble home in Los Angeles’s San Gabriel foothills, she was apparently able to verify his role as the founder of Bitcoin when Nakamoto remarked, “I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it. It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”
However, after a scrum of journalists later descended on Nakamoto, he immediately backpedaled, telling the Associated Press, “It sounded like I was involved before with Bitcoin and looked like I’m not involved now. That’s not what I meant. I want to clarify that.”
McGrath’s profile of the 64-year-old Japanese-American man portrays him as a highly secretive individual with a murky past.
“My brother is an asshole. What you don’t know about him is that he’s worked on classified stuff. His life was a complete blank for a while. You’re not going to be able to get to him. He’ll deny everything. He’ll never admit to starting Bitcoin,” said Nakamoto’s younger brother, Arthur Nakamoto.
Nakamoto did “classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military,” according to the report, including Hughes Aircraft, now part of Raytheon, as well as classified electronics and communications work for what is now L-3 Communications. Nakamoto also did secretive work for the FAA immediately after the 9/11 attacks.
“Did he act alone or was he working for the government? Bitcoin has been linked to everything from the National Security Agency to the International Monetary Fund,” asks McGrath.
Nakamoto’s close ties with government and military contradict his libertarian political beliefs, which according to his daughter centered around being, “very wary of the government, taxes and people in charge.”
Whatever the truth behind Nakamoto’s history, his background in working on classified projects for the military-industrial complex will only make those who believe Bitcoin is some kind of trojan horse for a global one world currency even more nervous.