In a story we covered yesterday, it became apparent that Cobra-Bitcoin is for releasing newer versions of the Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin whitepaper. However, many people assumed Cobra is a member of the BlockStream development team. While that is hard to confirm or deny at this stage, it appears there are some blurry lines when it comes to this person’s identity.
Who Or What is Cobra-Bitcoin?
Interestingly enough, Gregory Maxwell mentioned how Cobra-Bitcoin Is a non-existing developer. That is a rather strange way to put things, considering his name is on the scaling Bitcoin roadmap. The same roadmap that Maxwell helped put together, along with other Bitcoin developers.
Putting the issue aside for a moment – after all, it’s hard to keep track of sock puppets these days – there are other theories as to who this mysterious person is. Cobra-Bitcoin is a co-owned of the Bitcoin.org domain. Unfortunately, the WHOIS records of the domain name won’t help us much in this regard, as they are protected by WhoisGuard. Rather strange, considering Bitcoin is all about transparency.
The other owner of Bitcoin.org is none other than Theymos, an individual who doesn’t always have the best interests of Bitcoin at heart. He also runs the Bitcointalk forum and the Bitcoin wiki. Far too much control in the hands of one person, particularly in this world of decentralized cryptocurrencies.
Some people speculate that Theymos and Cobra-Bitcoin are one and the same individual. While this has not been verified by any means, it is not hard to see why people would assume this to be the case. The allegations of Maxwell indicating Cobra is not an actual developer – or may not even exist – only contributes to those claims.
Rather than starting a new witch hunt to find the creator of Bitcoin, it might be best to explore who is having the best interests of Bitcoin at heart. Individuals such as Cobra-Bitcoin – whoever he or she might be – who suggest altering the Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper, are certainly not on that list. People who use those individual’ credentials to push their own agenda, and later on denounce them being a developer, are not on that list either. Hidden agendas are at work in the Bitcoin world; that much is certain.
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