Outspoken entrepreneur and 2020 presidential candidate John McAfee claims he knows the true identity of bitcoin founder (or founders) Satoshi Nakamoto.
In an interview with Bloomberg, McAfee said uncovering bitcoin’s creators was a “piece of cake.”
“My entire life I’ve been tracking people who are the best in the world, and hiding their identity. Finding Satoshi was a piece of cake for me.”
Bitcoin’s creators: A team of Indians?
McAfee told Bloomberg he would unmask Satoshi “within weeks,” but he later changed his mind. Citing a letter from his lawyer, McAfee claims that revealing bitcoin’s true creator would harm his US extradition fight.
The US extradition request to the Bahamas is imminent. I met with Mario Gray, my extradition lawyer, and it is now clear (read his letter below) that releasing the identity of Satoshi at this time could influence the trial and risk my extradition. I cannot risk that. I'll wait. pic.twitter.com/l8lTjR6fQM
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) April 23, 2019
In the days prior, however, McAfee hinted that Satoshi was not in fact one person, but a team from India. In an email thread posted to Twitter, McAfee responded to a person claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto saying:
“Are you of Indian ethnicity? … Then you are the only non-Indian (India) on the team and I have never heard of you. How is that?”