Leah McGrath Goodman, the Newsweek journalist who named Japanese American Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto as Bitcoin’s founder in 2014, is reiterating her statements.
In an Aug. 25 episode of the Pomp Podcast with Anthony Pompliano, McGrath Goodman revealed details of the investigation into his original Newsweek story, including his written correspondence with Dorian Nakamoto.
The journalist led Pomp through his research, saying that it had been relatively easy to contact some of Bitcoin’s „top ten“ pioneers through email before the March 2014 story was published.
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Gavin Andresen and Hal Finney each provided key information that led McGrath Goodman to believe he was looking for one person, rather than a team, and that he was not Bitgold’s inventor, Nick Szabo.
„He was a very prominent candidate for many people, but clearly he was not free to do what those who spoke with Satoshi said needed to be done to create the code,“ said McGrath Goodman.
„His itinerary didn’t coincide at all, as a very busy person, with all this of spending two years working very quietly.
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A key piece of evidence in McGrath Goodman’s original story about 64-year-old California resident Dorian Nakamoto was his statement to multiple witnesses that he was „no longer involved in that,“ which was widely interpreted as a reference to Bitcoin.
„I can’t talk about it,“ Dorian reportedly said. „It’s been handed over to other people. They are in charge now. I don’t have any connection anymore.
McGrath Goodman said that one of the things he found most disappointing was Dorian’s statement „after I said I didn’t know [we were talking about Bitcoin].
„I definitely knew we were talking about it – we had been talking about it for weeks before I physically visited him.
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McGrath Goodman also cited evidence directly linking Satoshi to Dorian’s location in Los Angeles, as Finney had published data from a broken file destined to be fixed by Bitcoin’s founder.
„That had an IP address that led us to the same neighborhood where Dorian lives in Los Angeles,“ the journalist told Pomp.
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Among the wide variety of candidates is Craig Wright, an Australian often referred to as ‚Faketoshi‘. Others still speculate that Szabo may be Satoshi or Adam Back of Blockstream. Even Finney’s name carries weight because of his early role in the development of cryptomontages. Technology pioneer John McAfee has not said he is Satoshi, but he is „99% sure“ that he knows who he is.