Pete Rizzo, Editor at Bitcoin Journal, made a tenuous hyperlink between Bitcoin developer Gavin Andresen’s go to to the CIA in June 2011 and the disappearance of Satoshi Nakamoto.
The tweet included a screenshot of a put up from Andresen from what seems to be just like the bitcointalk.org discussion board. He wrote about accepting an invite from the intelligence company to debate Bitcoin.
Rizzo alleges that Nakamoto “was by no means seen once more” quickly after Andresen’s go to.
— RIZZO (@pete_rizzo_) April 27, 2022
Nakamoto’s supposed 1 million BTC holdings would put him/her/them on the Forbes top-20 wealthy listing. However to this present day, his wallets stay untouched. Some contemplate this proof that Nakamoto had philanthropic intentions to present Bitcoin to the world as a strategy to escape banking tyranny.
Nevertheless, a string of different theories additionally exists. Together with the outlandish declare by Alex Jones that aliens have invented and management Bitcoin.
Nakamoto’s id and whereabouts rely among the many best mysteries in cryptocurrency. And regardless of the military of “web detectives” who’ve poured by way of the proof, the group isn’t any nearer to establishing who Nakamoto is.
Andresen needed to speak Bitcoin to the CIA
The screenshot of Andresen’s put up reveals he deliberate to present a presentation about Bitcoin on the CIA headquarters in June (2011). He was invited to talk, so he took this as an indication Bitcoin was “already on their radar.”
The put up says the presentation is a perfect alternative to debate how Bitcoin might enhance the world by way of “a greater forex,” extra competitors, eradicating limitations to worldwide funds, and giving folks extra autonomy of their monetary dealings.
Some would possibly say that Andresen was naive to have mentioned:
“I don’t suppose any of these targets are incompatible with the targets of the federal government.”
Nonetheless, Andresen did categorical some apprehension about visiting, saying he’s nervous the CIA will affect Bitcoin devs to do one thing they don’t wish to. Nevertheless, on the similar time, he thought of it an opportunity to interrupt down misconceptions concerning the challenge.
Do the timelines stack up?
Rizzo’s connection between Andresen’s go to and Nakamoto’s disappearance is speculative at finest.
Nakamoto posted on bitcointalk.org to debate developments and provides construct updates. His final put up on the discussion board was on December 12, 2010, through which he wrote about updates to counter Denial of Service assaults.
“There’s extra work to do on DoS, however I’m doing a fast construct of what I’ve to date in case it’s wanted, earlier than venturing into extra complicated concepts. The construct for that is model 0.3.19.”
In keeping with Forbes, Nakamoto emailed his fellow builders on April 26, 2011, to tell them he was shifting on to different tasks. The e-mail implies Nakamoto left the Bitcoin challenge months earlier than Andreson’s presentation on the CIA in June 2011.
Contemplating this, Nakamoto’s final identified communications dates don’t essentially help the idea that the CIA could have been concerned with Nakamoto’s disappearance.