Dorian Nakamoto: Bitcoin was not my baby, period

Labeled as the creator of Bitcoin by Newsweek, Nakamoto has issued a formal statement "unconditionally" denying those claims.


Did Newsweek finger the wrong person when it tagged Dorian Nakamoto as the father of Bitcoin? Nakamoto continues to deny any involvement in the virtual currency.

In a statement sent to Reuters writer Felix Salmon, Nakamoto again denied Newsweek's report, claiming that he did not create, invent, or work on Bitcoin. The 64-year-old Temple City, Calif., resident said that he never even heard of the virtual currency until last month when his son called him after being contacted by a reporter.

Earlier this month, Newsweek published a story contending that Nakamoto created Bitcoin. Satoshi Nakamoto has been in play as a pseudonym for the person or people who developed the virtual currency.

In the story, Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman said that Nakamoto responded to a question about Bitcoin by saying: "I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it. It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."

Speaking with the Associated Press, Nakamoto quickly denied the story . But the latest denial, Issued through his attorney, is Nakamoto's first official statement on the matter.

Nakamoto's full statement appears in the image below:

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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