In a meeting with the three media organizations, Wright signed messages using keys that were created shortly after Bitcoin was developed. He also penned his own blog post detailing his involvement. Experts were apparently able to link the keys back to blocks of bitcoins that were mined by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. There have always been trails to these transactions, or more specifically Nakamoto, but it's the first time anyone has come forward with proof that they might actually own the keys.
If the name sounds familiar, it's because Wright has been the leading candidate since August last year. With help from dark-web analyst Gwern Branwen, Wired trawled through email archives, transcripts and now-deleted blog posts and put Wright firmly in the crosshairs. The Australian reportedly said: "I did my best to try and hide the fact that I've been running Bitcoin since 2009," and "People love my secret identity and hate me," in some of his messages.
By coming forward, Wright says he hopes to put an end to press speculation about the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. Since the December raid, he claims he has been hounded by reporters looking to confirm his secret identity and it's begun to weigh heavy on relationships with friends and family. However, with numerous sources now questioning the authenticity of his claims, Wright may be called upon again to provide additional evidence to prove that he is the man behind the cryptocurrency.
"There are lots of stories out there that have been made up and I don't like it hurting those people I care about. I don't want any of them to be impacted by this," he told the BBC. "I would rather not do it. I want to work, I want to keep doing what I want to do. I don't want money. I don't want fame. I don't want adoration. I just want to be left alone."
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