The 'comebacks' of Satoshi Nakamoto since the day of his last message

12 Dec, 2018 | Updated: 12 Dec, 2018
by Will Heasman
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The 'comebacks' of Satoshi Nakamoto since the day of his last message

Satoshi Nakamoto, a moniker for the cryptic cryptographer responsible for the creation of Bitcoin; Once a fervent instigator of discussions, proposing and answering esoteric questions surrounding the creation. Now, many of these threads have been forgotten, visited infrequently by the curious. 

The 12th of December 2010 marked the last in a concurrent string of messages authored by Satoshi Nakamoto; 8 years on, the enigmatic figurehead of Bitcoin (BTC) still captures the hearts and minds of the crypto community, even in absence.

Read more: Satoshi Nakamoto's last message was today, 8 years ago. What did Satoshi say?

Since Satoshi’s last communication, an abundance of claims professed to have unearthed to the true identity of Nakamoto, accompanying these assertions are numerous messages, emails, posts, and even Tweets

The majority of these are proven false, often through blatant grammatical errors or a deviation from Nakamoto's prose. However, there are some which have been verified and are recognized as (most likely) emanating from the enigma.

Read more: Satoshi Nakamoto tweet sparks debate over its authenticity

One such instance involves an exchange of emails between Satoshi and Mike Hearn, an early Bitcoin developer. Months after Nakamoto's evanescent departure from the forums, Hearn reached out to the mysterious creator for advice. Satoshi replied. After a few months of emailing back and forth, Hearn enquired into Nakamoto’s plans to rejoin the Bitcoin community, to which Satoshi infamously stated:

“I've moved on to other things.  It's in good hands with Gavin and everyone.”.

"I do hope your BitcoinJ continues to be developed into an alternative client. It gives Java devs something to work on, and it's easier with a simpler foundation that doesn't have to do everything. It'll get critical mass when impatient new users can get started using it while the other one is still downloading the block chain."

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 (Satoshi's last correspondence with Hearn)

Mere days later, the aforementioned Gavin Andresen - who at the time was one of the lead developers of Bitcoin – received an email from Nakamoto, who was seemingly angered at how the media was portraying Bitcoin:

“I wish you wouldn’t keep talking about me as a mysterious shadowy figure” The email reads, “the press just turns that into a pirate currency angle. Maybe instead make it about the open source project and give more credit to your dev contributors; it helps motivate them.”

Andresen reportedly responded to the email by notifying Satoshi that he had accepted an invitation to speak at the Central Intelligence Headquarters, to which Nakamoto never responded.  

Once again, Bitcoin’s shadowy creator disappeared into the ether. (no, not Ethereum... Well maybe, who knows?)

In February 2014 a Newsweek reporter known as Leah Goodman claimed to have tracked down Nakamoto. Goodman, according to her own article, cornered a 64-year-old Japanese man named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. Unfortunately for Goodman, Nakamoto was not the real Nakamoto.

A few quizzical coincidences led Goodman to believe that Dorian Nakamoto was the one and only Bitcoin creator. Besides the namesake, Dorian’s own brother gave further fuel to Goodman’s theory by alluding to the fact that Dorian had worked on “classified stuff” and that he would “deny everything” and “never admit to starting Bitcoin."; The “classified stuff” it turns out, was a military contract, which most likely accounted for Dorian's evasiveness. A comedy of errors? Yes. The unmasking of Satoshi Nakamoto? Absolutely not.

This debacle not only drew the attention of the world's press but also that of the real Satoshi Nakamoto. A p2p foundation account belonging to Satoshi suddenly sprung to life a few weeks after the media circus grew, a message on a long forgotten Bitcoin thread, read: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.” …

While many have had the title of Satoshi Nakamoto foisted upon them over the years, very few have pronounced themselves to be the creator of Bitcoin. However, one man, fervently stood by his claim to the throne, without relinquishing, even in the face of epidemic amounts of evidence to the contrary; That man, is Dr. Craig Wright, affectionately known in the crypto verse, as “Faketoshi” - for reasons that are abundantly clear.

In 2015 Gizmodo, undertook an investigation to uncover the true identity of the pseudonymous creator. An anonymous tip-off by a supposed colleague led the publication to Craig Wright. Although compelling the investigation didn’t go much further than this anonymous tip. One year later, in 2016, Wright came out to announce that he was indeed Satoshi Nakamoto; something that has since been heavily doubted, debated and for the most part, debunked. 

In the past few years nothing has been heard from the real Satoshi, that is, until recently, when his long-forgotten P2P account once again reactivated. On the 30th of November 2018, Satoshi’s account added a new friend and posted a new status, which read: “Nour” Supposedly meaning light, or glow in Arabic. While the probability of Satoshi's account being hacked is high, it did shine a light on the incredible work of Satoshi in the past and opened new discussions on whether his vision is still alive 8 years after his disappearance.

Read more: 
- Satoshi's account on P2P foundation posts in Arabic, adds friend
- 10 years of Bitcoin: Is Satoshi's vision still alive?;
- Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?
 

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