With a little misdirection on his part, I wonder if this article would have ever been written. There isn’t a lot there to tie Mr. Nakamoto to the project. The money quote that he lets slip is really the anchor of newsweek’s story.
“I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,” he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. “It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”
edit: redundant link
That quote could easily have been the answer to a question about his government contracting work and not bitcoin.
Agreed. I wonder if he’s not pulling a prank.
Also, I wonder how that reporter got the police to go with her.
She said that when she went to his house, he called the police, saying she was endangering him. I imagine his life expectancy is pretty short now; how often do you have half a billion dollars stored in a regular house in the suburbs, by somebody who has few friends and no security guards?
Oh, got it.
This guys needs to cash out some BC and move his family to the Grand Cayman
I’ve seen this idea elsewhere too, and it’s sometimes given as meaning that Satoshi can just protect himself if he wants to. But there are several things wrong with such an argument:
(1) He might not still have access to the BTC. Even if he does, Newsweek don’t know that
(2) He might not even be the BTC Satoshi; it’s not established beyond all doubt
(3) Moving house, changing your life, is hard at the best of times, and Satoshi is ill—a fact known to Newsweek before publication
(4) Satoshi appears to have made the commitment not to spend his BTC. Why force him to spend his own money on security that he ought not to have needed?
(5) As you point out yourself, it’s not only Satoshi’s security at stake here. Does anyone think that the whole Satoshi family should have to change their lives over this?
Not to mention that a life in the Grand Caymans doesn’t appeal to
everyone. Maybe he’s happy with his life there (or at least he was)?
I didn’t mean to imply that Newsweek’s behavior is somehow defensible. Or that it will be easy for this person to run away to saftety.
This Satoshi and his family are basically in for deep upheaval. It’s sortof like a popstar becoming super famous, but not quite rich yet. Dealing with it will be extremely difficult for him and his family (hopefully he does have access to the Bitcoins).
Does anyone think that the whole Satoshi family should have to change their lives over this?
Rich people do exist in this country (even richer than this guy). And, in general, I don’t think that their families have to live in fear all the time, or live in something like “witness protection”. The police crack down real hard on kidnapping and other types of extortion. Otherwise, everyone would be a criminal.
When I was in Sligo, Ireland back in 2000, I met this guy on the dole who invited me over to a house party. We were walking around the neighborhood and he pointed out the house of the local millionaire. It was basically the same design as his house, and it was simply on the corner at the end of the same block.