The case for Paul Le Roux as the real inventor of Bitcoin.
Having engaged with Manila's "subterranean" community 2015-2018, I'm quite sure the author's suspicions are right. Moreover that community's oddity and activities have only been scratched by reports. Some of their shit is utterly hilarious, some frightening and all completely bonkers!
"Seems like libertarianism may be a brain disease whose side effects may include becoming a murderer." You never noticed the the state and those who support it intentionally murders millions?
Great article and a fun read.
I've gone done this rabbit hole before and I completely agree with you except for Hal Finney being the most likely candidate after Paul le Roux. It doesn't really make sense in my mind. Satoshi left his Bitcoin untouched without burning them or otherwise making it clear to the community what his plans were. He was smart, he would know his Bitcoin would leave a million Bitcoin gaping hole in the future legitimacy of the currency if everyone knows he could return and spend them. That means either Satoshi died suddenly with no time/want to plan his actions or he is in prison.
It would also be pretty stupid to go through the lengths Satoshi did for privacy (including sending himself emails if he's Finney) and writing with brittish english etc and then involve himself openly and personally so everyone thinks he might be Satoshi either way.
I am sorry to see that you’ve fallen for the Ross Ulbricht “murder” lie. It makes the rest of this analysis much more questionable.
Satoshi Nakamoto was actually 4 people in California according to Homeland Security.
There was that value overflow bug in 2010 in which 182B BTC was printed out of thin air and the developers needed to fork the network to fix it. But other than that, yes, cultists will continue to support it.
This is quickly becoming my favorite substack account, fantastic piece. The moment I saw truecrypt being mentioned here it's like a entire room of lightbulbs lit up in my head. I remember using truecrypt a decade ago and it's still one of the few softwares that have remained in the back of my head after so long. I now know that wasn't a coincidence.
My wife was born at the Lady Rodwell Home for Unmarried Mothers in Bulawayo in 1958! Le Roux’s biological father was probably ‘a bit of a bounder’ as he got a young woman pregnant and escaped any responsibility. The discovery he was adopted was probably a key part of Le Roux’s descent into a sociopathic disregard for others, paranoia and crime.
What's with all the typos, misspellings, grammar mistakes and omitted words in this thing? Looks like it hasn't been proofread even once. It's really distracting and makes it hard to take this writing seriously...