As of last night, Newsweek was standing by its story that Bitcoin was created by a 64-year-old Californian engineer named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. Nakamoto, for his part, is strenuously denying it.
In a video of Nakamoto's interview with an AP reporter—who drove the man to a Los Angeles AP office with a ridiculous press car chase following behind—the alleged Bitcoin creator claims he was still working on government contracts in 2001, and has been unemployed since then.
He slips a couple of times on Bitcoin terminology, accidentally calling it "Bitcom" and saying "I never communicated with Bitcoins."
That could be because, although Dorian Nakamoto's English is good, he's not a native speaker. Some are pointing to a side-by-side comparisons of Dorian's writing and Bitcoin papers by "Satoshi" as evidence that the two men can't possibly be same:
Shown one of Satoshi's papers, Nakamoto said, "Peer-to-peer can be anything," he said. "That's just a matter of address. What the hell? It doesn't make sense to me."
Did Satoshi have an editor? Is Dorian putting on an act to protect his anonymity? Or is this exactly what it seems: a case of two different writers using the same name?
At this point, it still comes down to a case of he-said-she-said between Dorian Nakamoto and Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman, who stands by her claim that Nakamoto told her he was "no longer involved" in Bitcoin.
Nakamoto says he was referring to his involvement in government projects, not cryptocurrency.