John McAfee is a very successful technological businessman who also has something of a reputation as a Maverick. He founded the company that bears his name, and that was a pioneering force in digital security. He’s smart, colorful, controversial, rich, and he likes to speak when he feels like it, using his Twitter account from his home at the Bahamas.
The new fork in the Bitcoin Cash project was very annoying for Mr. McAfee. Bitcoin Cash became two different blockchains. One is Bitcoin Cash ABC (which recovered pretty quickly from the split and has been performing reasonably well in the market) and Bitcoin SV (SV stand’s for Satoshi’s vision) which has been an unmitigated disaster.
Bitcoin Cash Satoshi’s Vision is named like that because it came to life because of Craig Wright’s influence within the Bitcoin Cash community. This is the man who’s claimed to be none other than Satoshi Nakamoto, the man behind Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency revolution.
While most cryptonauts (as far as we can tell, there’s no hard data on this) are more than skeptic about Mr. Wright’s claims, there is a small number of people in the world who actually take Mr. Wright at face value. That’s given him quite a bit of prestige and influence in certain circles, and this annoys the hell out of John McAfee.
Mr. McAfee has used his Twitter account to express his discontent. He says that he personally knows who Satoshi Nakamoto is. The hacking expert is sick of scammers trying to hijack Nakamoto’s name and merits and using them to deteriorate the cryptosphere as a whole.
He’s got a particular beef to pick with Wright as he said in a tweet. He believes that the alleged Satoshi’s enhanced reputation is the only reason that he was able to come up with BSV which is a “scam that hurt us all.”
So he decided to do something about it: to push things so that Satoshi Nakamoto finally comes forward and reveals himself.
For several days he started offering clues about Satoshi’s real identity so that his true identity can be narrowed down or so that he stops hiding. So what do we know so far? He’s not the CIA, or any agency, or any of the world’s governments.
While that seems a silly thing to clarify, it’s the notion of choice for conspiracy theorists. He lives in the USA. There is no single man behind the development of Bitcoin’s network and launch, but it was instead done by a group of people. But the Bitcoin whitepaper has only one author.
And that’s as much as we know from Mr. McAfee. And then the manure hit the fan.
It turned out that Mr. McAfee is wanted by the IRS because of tax-related problems. Since he lives in the Bahamas, he could face an extradition process if the American government wants him badly enough. That hasn’t happened yet, but as the tycoon’s lawyers advised him that keeping up the Satoshi things could only complicate his legal status, he’s desisted from telling us all who the Bitcoin creator really is. At least for the time being. You can actually read the letter from the lawyer (Mario A. Gray, an expert in extradition processes) at the Twitter account in question.
So when will we find out who Nakamoto is? We have no idea. But it seems we could learn his identity before we expected.
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