“I’m only very slightly worried that talking about bitcoin [sic] at the CIA will increase the chances they’ll try to do something we don’t want them to do,” wrote Andresen. “I think accepting their invitation and being open about exactly what bitcoin [sic] is will make it less likely they’ll see it as a threat.”
Just a couple of days prior to Andresen’s CIA announcement, Nakamoto curiously emailed
early Bitcoin figure Mike Hearn to say: “I’ve moved on to other things. It’s in good hands with [Andresen] and everyone.”
Andresen left Bitcoin too, but under different circumstances
A few months after Andresen’s CIA visit, he appeared
on a Bitcoin podcast to discuss its development. There, Andresen was quickly asked to reveal the last time he’d been contacted by Nakamoto.
“Um, I haven’t had an email from [Nakamoto] in a couple of months, actually,” Andresen replied. “The last email I sent him, I actually told him I was going to talk at the CIA. So it’s possible that… that may have had something to do with their deciding [to leave].”
Andresen eventually moved away from Bitcoin. In 2016, core developers revoked Andresen’s “commit access” after he publicly supported Craig Wright’s claim to the Nakamoto name.
The CIA ‘Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny’ It Has Documents on Satoshi Nakamoto
In 2016, Alexander Muse, a blogger who mostly writes about entrepreneurship, wrote a blog post
(he’s now suspended from everything…) that claimed the NSA had identified the real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto using stylometry, which uses a person’s writing style as a unique fingerprint, and then searched emails collected under the PRISM surveillance program to identify the real Nakamoto. Muse said the identity was not shared with him by his source at the Department of Homeland Security.
As Motherboard reported at the time, the CIA responded to a request for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of an employee of the portal to provide an answer that suggests the disarming.
The report states that Daniel Oberhaus, a journalist at Motherboard, received an answer from the CIA in which the CIA can neither “confirm nor deny” knowing who Satoshi Nakamoto is. This type of answer is also referred to as the “Glomar answer” in the US. The CIA is famous for using
this phrase to avoid publishing open investigation information.
The conclusion of Oberhaus is, therefore:
So if the government really knows who Nakamoto is, it’s not too keen to share that information.
As with most things Nakamoto, we’re unlikely to discover the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, but these details definitely add to the mystery of the true identity of who actually created Bitcoin.
5. FBI holds second-largest Bitcoin wallet ever
When the FBI shut down Silk Road, the notorious online marketplace, it made international headlines and began a worldwide discussion about how stable the future of bitcoin really is. Investigators have admitted that they seized hundreds of thousands of bitcoins from the Silk Road and its operator Dread Pirate Roberts, allegedly the online persona of one Ross Ulbricht.
An old report from 2013, Wired magazine indicates that the FBI is in control of two addresses, or wallets, holding over 300,000 bitcoin. That total would make the law enforcement agency the second-largest bitcoin holder in the world behind only Satoshi Nakamoto, the currency’s inventor, who is thought to have mined one million bitcoin in the technology’s earliest days.
In 2021, It’s unclear how many Bitcoin wallets the FBI controls, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve since gained access to more than 500K-1M+ Bitcoin.
The Bitcoin Mystery
One of the special things about Bitcoin is how mysterious it is. Unlike every other invention whose founders are known by the world, Bitcoin’s creator(s) intentionally kept themselves private which has since led to lots of speculations.
The NSA, CIA, and FBI’s constant involvement with Bitcoin early on raises many questions on whether they knew Satoshi’s true identity, and potentially silenced him, or even that the NSA created Bitcoin, as Snowden claims.
Whether you agree or disagree, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter! Oh, and if I get suspended, go missing, or end up dead from an apparent “suicide”, you know the contents of this article are true.
Hope you all enjoyed reading, have a great day!