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5 Reasons to Believe the Deep State (or the NSA) Created Bitcoin

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On May 8th, Colonial Pipeline Co. paid $4.4 million in Bitcoin to hackers who held its computer systems hostage in one of the largest crypto ransom attacks ever. Over the following weeks, FBI agents were allegedly able to gain access to the wallet holding the stolen Bitcoin and on June 7th, they confirmed that they had successfully retrieved most of the funds.
Immediately after the news broke, Bitcoin’s price plunged as many investors started speculating on how exactly the FBI got access to these funds so quickly, and whether or not they had cracked the private keys. The Department of Justice claims the ransom payments were sent to a centralized exchange, where the FBI issued a warrant and got access.
It’s common knowledge that centralized crypto exchanges are similar to banks. If someone was smart enough to pull off a major ransom hack, do you really think they would be dumb enough to deposit the funds onto an exchange? I highly doubt it.
That’s basically what the FBI, and DOJ want people to believe after they released their report, and a brief 1-page statement on the matter then refused any questions from the media.
This isn’t the first time people have questioned Bitcoin’s security and traceability. The NSA, CIA, and FBI have a long record of suspicious activities involving the popular cryptocurrency, that goes back many years. 
In this article, I’ll go over some reasons why the NSA could’ve been the real creators of Bitcoin, and if not, they likely know the true identity of Satoshi.
1. Edward Snowden’s Leaked NSA Documents
In 2013, Department of Homeland Security’s Brian de Vallance sent a letter to Congress where he expressed his concerns that the growth of virtual currencies could be exploited by criminal organizations. The letter also mentioned how Homeland Security wanted to take aggressive actions towards this evolving trend and help fix this potential rift.
Later that year, Edward Joseph Snowden, an employee, and subcontractor for the Central Intelligence Agency leaked highly classified information about the NSA. With the leaked documents, we learned about how the NSA planned to use Bitcoin to quietly track its users, which many speculate played a role in the early crypto prosecutions of Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road, and others.
Collecting Data on Unsuspecting Bitcoiners
NSA documents also confirm the ease at which the Agency could identify users in particular, “hinting that NSA may have been using its Xkeyscore searching system, where the Bitcoin information and wide range of other NSA data were cataloged, to enhance its information on Bitcoin users. 
An NSA reference document indicated that the data source provided ‘user data such as billing information and Internet Protocol addresses.’ With this sort of information in hand, putting a name to a given Bitcoin user would be easy,” the report detailed. Xkeyscore (XKS) came into popular consciousness through Mr. Snowden’s first revelations. XKS was used by the NSA globally, collecting internet data daily, and shared with most English-speaking, industrialized nations. Its source code was publically analyzed in Germany during the Summer of 2014.
The report relies heavily on tracking derived from OAKSTAR, also first uncovered by Mr. Snowden during his initial affair, which uses “a collection of covert corporate partnerships enabling the agency to monitor communications, including by harvesting internet data as it traveled along with fiber optic cables that undergird the internet.” A sister program, MONKEYROCKET, was employed to snatch data from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America, according to documents. It’s “full take”, which can mean “the entirety of data passing through a network was examined and at least some entire data sessions were stored for later analysis,” The Intercept claims.
As part of a broader anti-terrorism program, MONKEYROCKET was also used to develop software promising relative anonymity to unsuspecting bitcoiners in places like China and Iran. 
The program wasn’t disclosed, but its import is plain enough: “it functioned as a privacy bait and switch, tricking Bitcoin users into using a tool they thought would provide anonymity online but was actually funneling data directly to the NSA.” This seems to indicate a virtual private network (VPN) of some kind was compromised. The forever rub with VPNs is that users have to trust the issuer.
While the latest news might further push enthusiasts toward privacy coins, equally disturbing, if not more, is the assumption the NSA played a role in the prosecution of Ross Ulbricht, now serving double life without the possibility of parole and awaiting a possible Supreme Court reprieve. Mr. Ulbricht argued the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s recounting of their case left serious holes. And if it could be proved an outside entity, like the NSA, used unethical, illegal means to obtain evidence, then the entire prosecution against him was compromised. Mr. Snowden’s current batch doesn’t speak to the issue directly; however, the timeframe and government sense of urgency seem to make it at least plausible, if not probable.
2. Bitcoin’s Hashing Algorithm 
SHA-256 is the secure hashing algorithm that is an essential part of Bitcoin’s architecture. The hash function algorithm was invented by is an NSA in 2001.
The algorithm is a set of mathematical functions that maps every input onto a binary coded string. The input is compressed to make a 256-bit long string called the hash and it also encrypts the file. These are one-way mathematical functions and the algorithm cannot be reverse engineered to reach the input after processing the output. The hash is an integral part of the algorithm if one wants to find the original input.
Although the hash is produced completely randomly, every single input will result in the same hash every time. If one wants to verify a hash value it can run the input through the algorithm again to obtain the same hash. The particular aforementioned hashing algorithm is an integral part of the bitcoin network.
Since the NSA helped create the Bitcoin encryption algorithm, do they technically have the power to break SHA 256 bit encryption? What’s the probability that the NSA also designed some “flaws” into the SHA-2 algorithm?
3. Leaked Documents From 2017 also appear to show NSA Infiltrated Cryptos, Tor Browser, VPN
To further back up Snowden’s claims, a photograph posted in 2017 on the 4chan message board showed a memo from the U.S. Army Cyber Protection Brigade.
The document suggested that the U.S. Army teamed up with the NSA to conduct investigations into Tor, I2P, and VPN, three tools used to encrypt and obfuscate everything from data to the location of users.
Once this letter was shared, it fueled many speculations and conspiracy theories on the government’s role.
Tor and I2P are commonly used as means of accessing the darknet, including illegal black markets like the former Silk Road marketplace. 
Many of these markets have traditionally relied on cryptocurrencies as a method of payment, as virtual currencies offer greater anonymity and security than fiat currencies.
While many individuals relying on Tor, I2P, and VPN have long assumed that the government has accessed and compromised certain aspects of those tools, this memo, if legitimate, seems to confirm that suspicion. 
Besides the successful investigations into encryption methods, the memo suggests that the NSA may be looking further into cryptocurrencies themselves. “The success we have had with Tor, I2P, and VPN cannot be replicated with those currencies that do not rely on nodes,” the memo indicates.
With the FBI’s recent retrieval of Bitcoin from the colonial pipeline ransom attack, it sure is adding to people’s suspicions on how much power these agencies truly have.
4. Satoshi Nakamoto’s Odd Disappearance
Assuming Satoshi isn’t the NSA, but rather an anonymous Japanese man who had a dream of creating a digital currency, there are many mysteries regarding his online activities. 
Ever since Satoshi’s suspicious disappearance many years ago, Bitcoiners have been investigating his past online actions to build a blueprint of who this mysterious figure was, and what he was like.
The thing is, whoever maintained the Nakamoto moniker never directly signaled they were going to leave. It suspiciously took a third party to confirm that Nakamoto had indeed ceased Bitcoin development to mysteriously work on some other projects, which are left unknown.
A running theory for Nakamoto’s urge to leave involves the CIA and software developer Gavin Andresen, who previously served as technical lead developer for the Bitcoin project, and is even credited as Nakamoto’s successor.
On April 27, 2011, Andresen infamously claimed to be preparing to talk Bitcoin at an emerging technologies conference at the CIA headquarters.
“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! 
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