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Does McAfee know Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity?  According to John McAfee, he does.  He claimed to have knowledge on Nakamoto’s identity and McAfee intends to end speculation on Nakamoto’s identity once and for all.

McAfee feels that this is necessary for the crypto space to move forward – he went on and further said that he would divulge the identity of Nakamoto unless Nakamoto comes forward themselves.

John McAfee’s outing of Satoshi Nakamoto has reignited the speculation on crypto’s original and greatest mystery – who are or is Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin?  According to a profile on P2P Foundation, Satoshi Nakamoto claims to be a Japanese resident born on April 5th, 1975.

However, his perfect English, along with the use of colloquialisms, doubts about his nationality have always plagued the origins story of Nakamoto.   Because of the inconsistencies and variations, people believe that either he or a member of the team is from the British Commonwealth.

If we follow the timeline, he continued to contribute to the Bitcoin code until mid 2010.  Gavin Andresen then received control of the source code repository and network alert key – Nakamoto’s involvement ended at this point.

The circumstances of Nakamoto’s disappearance have only added to Bitcoin’s allegorical notoriety.  But several names have come up with speculation as to who Nakamoto may be, including Nick Szabo, Craig Wright, Dorian Nakamoto, and Hal Finney.  Some even claim that Bitcoin is a US Intelligence project.

McAfee claims that Nakamoto’s keeping his identity a secret is a pointless exercise.  He has stated that the entire crypto industry would benefit from knowing his identity.

However, given McAfee’s former (and potentially current) flirtations of sensationalism, it’s fair to question whether or not McAfee truly knows Nakamoto’s true identity.  However, to back up his claim, McAfee’s cypherpunk credentials are legitimate.  So, it’s just a question of whether or not McAfee is right and truly does know Nakamoto’s real identity.

One thing is certain.  Nakamoto wants to stay anonymous – otherwise, we’d know his identity.  We’ve seen a lot of drama about this – Craig Wright has been defending himself, and Binance and Kraken delisted BSV over Wright’s comments!  What do you think?  Let us know on our Facebook page!

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