CBS News Special: Satoshi Nakamoto’s Real Identity Remains a Mystery a Decade After Bitcoin’s Arrival
During a recent episode of the popular investigative program ‘60 Minutes’, the crew sought to investigate the identity of Bitcoin’s psydenmous creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ and how his creation has spurred a digital revolution all across the globe.
Starting off the interview, the host asked MIT Media Labs’ Neha Narula as to what exactly a cryptocurrency was and how it could be deemed a legitimate asset even though it did not exist in a physical form. On the subject, Narula was quoted as saying:
“There's no actual coin, That is true. That is something that trips people up”
She then went on to say that what makes BTC so appealing for the masses is the fact that it is completely decentralized and is not governed by the whims of any centralized institution (such as a bank, lending agent etc.)
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) May 18, 2019
When asked about the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, Narula explicitly stated that the man’s whereabouts, identity, age were all completely unknown — at least to the masses. She then threw shade at Craig Wright — the person behind Bitcoin SV — by saying that even though him and a lot of other people had come forth (over the years) and claimed to be Nakamoto, there was no definitive proof available in regards to the matter.
When the name Laszlo Hanyecz was brought up during the course of the conversation — a person who allegedly communicated with Nakamoto during BTCs early years — the man himself stated that while he did correspond with Satoshi during the latter half of the previous decade, their conversations were strictly confined to work related matters.
In the early days of cryptocurrency, one man decided to trade his bitcoin for pizza. It was a historic event, but not such a great investment. "60 Minutes" reports, Sunday https://t.co/k8ev10Zwnd pic.twitter.com/6z55WEDhF6
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) May 17, 2019
In closing out this piece, it should be made clear that Nakamoto’s identity is still as mysterious as it was back in 2009.
In regards to the matter, Hanyecz signed off by saying:
“So– you know, some people think he's dead. Some people think he's just laying low. But because it's– it's not owned or controlled by anyone– it's– it truly belongs to the internet. It belongs to– to everyone. And it's almost like Satoshi came and gave us Bitcoin as a present and just kinda left.”