With Craig Wright filing for copyright on the original Bitcoin whitepaper and other big players publicly criticizing the move, the cryptocurrency ecosystem is divided again with respect to the debate on the real identity of Bitcoin’s creator. John McAfee was one of those who had previously voiced his opinion on the subject. On a recent online podcast, the software pioneer answered why he chose not to disclose the “real Satoshi Nakamoto’s” identity.
McAfee said that he chose not to reveal Satoshi Nakamoto’s real identity because “uncovering the secret” could potentially have him extradited, since going against the will of one of the richest men in the world would put him in “deep shit.” He added,
“I cannot tolerate any further legal activities pointed at me. But if you take the white paper and you run the modern analysis against it and analysis of other papers, assuming that satoshi wrote other things, which he did, it’s an open and shut case.”
During the interview, McAfee also boasted that “he/she/they (Satoshi Nakamoto) are so easy to get through, any fool could find them.” Further, he believes that the supposedly ‘big reveal’ will be a tragic disappointment as,
“The real Satoshi doesn’t want to anyone to know. It’s the same thing Craig Wright is doing.”
While dismissing anyone who has already claimed to be the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, McAfee hinted that the man in question may be hiding in a country with no income tax, such as The Bahamas. He added that he is certain of Bitcoin reaching $1 million by the end of 2020, which is the same reason for him going long. The technology veteran ended the podcast by glorifying the cryptospace, stating,
“This is a ‘new world’ demanding a ‘new paradigm’ starting from brand new location, which did not even exist 10 years ago. So wake up.”
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