Identifying Satoshi Nakamoto is a distraction from the fact that nobody controls bitcoin, says regular commentator and evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos.
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Formerly Chief Security Officer at Blockchain and regular speaker at major bitcoin events, Andreas Antonopoulos has testified before Senate committees in two countries, authored the O’Reilly book Mastering Bitcoin and appears regularly on the popular Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast.
Antonopoulos Doesn’t Care Who Satoshi Is
Posting on Reddit, Antonopoulos said:
“I don’t know if Craig Wright is SN. I don’t care and I don’t want to know.”
He said he had, two weeks previously, declined the ‘opportunity’ to sign an NDA and participate in the process of proving Satoshi was actually Dr Craig Wright – as other famous bitcoin identities Gavin Andresen and Jon Matonis did.
Antonopoulos questioned why ‘Satoshi’ would require bitcoin authority figures to stake their reputations on proving his identity, calling it a ‘red flag’. Satoshi could reveal his own identity in public any time he wished, using cryptographic proof rather than third-party endorsement.
Satoshi’s Identity ‘Irrelevant’
In any case, he added, Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity is irrelevant.
“I think it serves to distract from the fact that bitcoin is not controlled by anyone and is not a system of Appeal-to-Authority.