John McAfee is known with various titles including the “founder of McAfee Antivirus,” “first U.S. presidential candidate to run a campaign while on exile,” and now, “the only man that knows Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity.” In a Tweet on April 17, as well as an interview with Bloomberg, the programmer confidently stated that he knows who Bitcoin’s creator is.
John McAfee Claims to Have Unravelled the Mystery Man Satoshi
John McAfee in a recent Tweet stated that the mystery behind who Satoshi really is must end. According to him, it is neither the CIA nor a government agency, but a collection of people. However, Bitcoin’s whitepaper was written by one man living in the U.S whose identity he knows and will reveal if the person does not come forward.
Bloomberg, on the other hand, informed that during a phone interview with McAfee, the Bitcoin enthusiast confidently said he will reveal Satoshi’s identity in a week. He added that people forget that he is a technologist who has been able to track hackers in the past and as such, finding Bitcoin’s creator was a piece of cake.
In his own words:
I’ve spoken with him, and he is not a happy camper about my attempt to out him
McAfee Remarks Cause an Uproar in the Community
McAfee remarks ushered in another uproar in the crypto community and a lot of pent up energy. For starters, he promised to reveal Satoshi’s identity which is something many have tried and failed in the past. Secondly, he revealed that the man he identified is not Craig Wright, an Australian programmer that has claimed the identity and even sued those who have challenged his claim.
While many began counting down to the days McAfee will finally open the public’s eye to the creator of the most popular cryptocurrency by market cap, he made another tweet on April 23. The new message states that carrying out his plans could affect his extradition to the U.S. since there may be potential lawsuits awaiting. The latter was supposedly said by his extradition lawyer, Mario Gray. That being the case, we won’t be finding out after all who Satoshi is.
The Bitcoin creator, on the other hand, is believed to hold nearly 1 million Bitcoin which is a significant part given that 17 million coins are in circulation. If what he holds gets sold, then it will most likely impact negatively on Bitcoin’s price. Nonetheless, it is worthy to note that the 1 million has been sitting in the same wallet for the past 10 years which has given many the impression that Satoshi could be dead.