Updated March 7, 2014 – Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto denies that he wrote the computer code to create the digital currency bitcoin.
“I got nothing to do with it,” he said repeatedly in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
Newsweek had reported Thursday that Nakamoto was the creator of bitcoin.
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The identity of bitcoin’s elusive creator has been uncovered, according to Newsweek. Once thought to be a pseudonym for one or more anonymous programmers, Satoshi Nakamoto is reportedly the real name of a 64-year-old Japanese American recluse living in southern California.
Prior to bitcoin, Nakamoto’s career is shrouded in secrecy, including work on classified projects with the U.S. military and major corporations. Nakamoto’s oldest daughter, Ilene Mitchell, told Newsweek that her father’s motivation to start bitcoin came from his distrust of the banks and the government.
A libertarian, Nakamoto encouraged his daughter to be independent, start her own business and “not be under the government’s thumb,” she says. “He was very wary of the government, taxes and people in charge.”
Although Nakamoto lives in a modest home, his bitcoin fortune has been estimated to be worth $400 billion.
Newsweek’s story has drawn critical reaction for revealing his identity, including why Newsweek went against Nakamoto’s request for privacy and included photos of him and his home. Nervous he would get in trouble should he talk to a reporter, Nakamoto called the police when Newsweek writer Leah McGrath Goodman arrived at his home unannounced.
In response, Goodman said everything she published was public information.
— Leah McGrath Goodman (@truth_eater) March 6, 2014