Since the launch of the Bitcoin mainnet back in 2009, the most intriguing aspect of the top cryptocurrency has been its pseudo-anonymous founder, Satoshi Nakamoto.
The creator of Bitcoin has remained anonymous even after Bitcoin peaked at its highest back in 2017, which has given rise to speculation, conspiracy theories, and of course, impersonators. Many Bitcoin pundits and crypto veterans have claimed to know the real identity of the Satoshi Nakamoto, but none have yet revealed his true identity.
There are several theories behind who could be the actual creator of Bitcoin and people have pinpointed several individuals, but none have been convincingly proven to be the original creator. However, a new theory has hit the market which could link the anonymous Bitcoin creator to one of the most infamous drug lords Pablo Escobar.
The theory suggests that one Yasutaka Nakamoto who held a high-ranking engineer post for Pacific West Airlines before going on to work for the notorious drug kingpin Escobar himself. The theory suggests that Yasutaka first disappeared from public life back in 1992 after an assassination attempt, and later emerged towards the second half of the 2000s to create Bitcoin. The theory was put forward by Olof Gustaffson, CEO of Escobar Inc.
Apart from running a multinational company associated with the former drug kingpin, Gustaffson also worked as a right-hand man to the brother of Pablo Escobar. When inquiring about the motivation behind this absurd Satoshi Nakamoto theory, he said that he was revealing all this now because of the self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright’s continuous lies and failed attempts to prove he is the original creator of Bitcoin.
Gustaffson further claimed that Yasutaka could be a perfect fit for the role of Satoshi Nakamoto since he agreed to help Escobar smuggle drugs through the airline he was working with, but never pledged his loyalty. Gustaffson also claimed that being an engineer, Yasutaka had access to microprocessors and semiconductors which acted as a building block for him and apply his knowledge for the creation of Bitcoin.
The Dorian Nakamoto Connection
The only publically available profile for Yasutaka Nakamoto that matches Gustaffson’s story is that from a 1992 Los Angeles Times article which talks about the probable Nakamoto working for Hughes Aircraft, managing to escape unscratched from a pipe bomb found in his car and possibly planted on a directive from Escobar. Since that incident, Yasutaka disappeared from the public eye.
The probable Satoshi Nakamoto also has a connection with another personality whose face is still used as a representation for Bitcoin creator in numerous articles and publications, Dorian Nakamoto.
Dorian Nakamoto was subjected to intense media exposure in 2014 when an article back in 2014 claimed that he could be the actual Bitcoin creator. Dorian denied being involved in the creation of Bitcoin and asked for privacy.
However, Gustaffson pointed towards Dorian’s white page entry which mentions his age, area of residence along with six relatives one of whom is Yasutaka A. Nakamoto. Gustaffson claims that the Nakamoto listed by Dorian and the one he has been talking about are the same person and the actual Bitcoin creator the world has been looking for. He commented:
“We believe his middle name is Akiko, and that he later went by the name Akiko. A man by the name Akiko was registered at the address of Dorian in California.”
The likelihood deepens when one goes through a US phonebook search for the same name, which lists four of Dorian’s relatives for one Akiko Nakamoto and both Dorian and Yasutaka lived at the same listed address. Gustaffson claimed that Dorian knew about bitcoin all along and has even come to Colombia to do business with Roberto Escobar in 2014.
While a majority of conspiracies about Satoshi's identity looks quite close and this one is no different, but there is no conclusive evidence to verify the claims or negate any doubts.