Software Pioneer John McAfee Threatens To Identify Bitcoin Creator, Then Backs Off

Written by Ann Brown
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Software company founder John McAfee leaves an migration detention center for the La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2012. McAfee was released from detention in Guatemala and is being deported to the U.S. McAfee was detained last week for immigration violations after he sneaked into Guatemala from neighboring Belize, where authorities sought to question him about the murder of his neighbor. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Antivirus software creator John McAfee had the attention of all in the tech and cryptocurrency world when he announced he was going to unmask the creator of bitcoin. The target date came and went and McAfee failed to deliver. McAfee, who is fighting extradition from the Bahamas to the U.S., later announced in a tweet that he was advised by his lawyer not to release the identity as it could affect his case.

Everyone has always wanted to know “Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?” Did he really start bitcoin? McAfee said he knows the answers.

“The shadowy BTC creator’s anonymity has created a thriving market for those people claiming to be the architect of that famous white paper. Now it appears that Craig Wright and the gang are going to be redundant shortly because McAfee is getting frustrated and wants the truth out in the open. A series of extraordinary tweets ensued from the original, so get some popcorn ready,” CCN reported.   

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Not much is known about Nakamoto, a pseudonym that is believed to refer to a person or group of people. In 2008, Nakamoto wrote the white paper outlining bitcoin.

“In recent days, McAfee has been threatening on Twitter to out Nakamoto, saying that he’s a man living in the U.S. McAfee has said that he will take the step unless Nakamoto comes forward voluntarily,” Japan Times reported.

“I’ve spoken with him, and he is not a happy camper about my attempt to out him,” McAfee said in a phone interview with Japan Times from the Bahamas.

Others have tried to out Nakamoto before. “In a 2014 cover story, Newsweek identified the real Nakamoto as a California physicist, who denied the report. In a 2016 blog post and interviews with three media outlets, Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright had said that he is Nakamoto,” Japan Times reported.