A few days ago, antivirus mogul John McAfee sent Twitter on rage as he announced his familiarity with Satoshi Nakamoto- the famed but unknown founder of Bitcoin. He dropped several hints about the founder, shared screenshots of his email conversations and said that if Nakamoto doesn’t reveal himself, McAfee will. Now, he has chosen to back off from the plan.
Nakamoto Is Seemingly Unhappy With McAfee
McAfee previously talked to Bloomberg and said that he would announce the identity of Nakamoto within a week. However, he said on Twitter on Tuesday that his efforts to make Satoshi’s identity public has hurt his fight for extradition to the US.
In a phone interview from the Bahamas, he said:
“I’ve spoken with him, and he is not a happy camper about my attempt to out him.”
Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym used by a person or a group of a developer who created Bitcoin. Several theories have popped up about the real identity of Nakamoto but have been debunked. A theory also suggests that he is no more but McAfee claimed that he is alive and is a man living in the United States. He also said that the founder of BTC does not have any influence on the crypto ecosystem anymore.
McAfee’s Erratic Behavior Continues
McAfee’s past contains his antivirus empire alongside some run-ins with the law and a few controversies. As the world has failed to find the real identity of Nakamoto, McAfee claims to have done it easily. He noted:
“People forget that I am a technologist. I am one of the best.”
He said that he is delaying the revelation because of a letter from his extradition lawyer Mario Gray who said that exposing the BTC founder could land him in legal trouble. He could face numerous lawsuits because of which he will have to defend himself on many fronts. He added that fulfilling his promise could influence his trial and risk his extradition and he cannot risk that. Therefore, he will wait.