Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? The creator of Bitcoin, obviously, but what more can we know about this mysterious man? Many have claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto until today but not a single one of them has proved to be the mythical man and his identity continues to be one of the largest mysteries in the modern world.
Now, a new article on News.Bitcoin affirms that the mysterious man might be Paul Le Roux, a criminal mastermind. While that does not sound too good, you should check all the evidence before disbelieving the story too much.
All the suspicions started after the Kleiman versus Weight lawsuit which is happening in Florida was made public. According to the crypto media site, the whole case is filled with red herring, misdirection and forgeries, as well as the most bizarre theories.
Why? Because Craig Wright, one of the most hated figures in the crypto world, is involved in it. He has claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, too, which granted him the cute nickname of Faketoshi.
One of the most recent documents of the case, Document 187, also known as “Dr. Craig Wright’s Motion for Protective Order”, was filed while heavily redacted in court. According to the site. Wright fears that some criminals would seek retribution if they discovered that he was behind their apprehension.
Our hook is that someone forgot to redact one of the footnotes in a page, which affirms that one of the people cited in the report is Paul Le Roux.
Who is Paul Le Roux? A 46-year old cartel boss who is just as quirky as Wright. He was a pretty good programmer but also a vicious cartel boss. After the document surfaced, there was some suggestion that Paul Le Roux could have been Satoshi Nakamoto and that Wright currently holds his Bitcoin.
A Crazy Theory Or Is Paul Le Roux The Creator of Bitcoin?
Not only Paul Le Roux lived a life of crime but he also was an informant of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He is also known as the creator of an open-source project called E4M and TrueCrypt. At the moment, he is in jail for ordering the murder of six people.
This is far from his only crime, though, as his “career” includes landing drug deals, arms trafficking and money laundering.
There are many strange coincides between this man and the tale of Satoshi, so see them all and take your own conclusions. For instance, he once used the same “Solotshi”, which sounds a lot like Satoshi.
All theories started as soon as someone on 4Chan posted about the non-redacted part of the case and affirmed that as Bitcoin was the project of an evil mastermind, Paul Le Roux was the guy. His theory was that Le Roux decided to create BTC to launder money, but he was captured by law enforcement eventually and cannot access his funds anymore.
However, this is an overly simplistic view. Bitcoin was obviously not created for money laundering. The whole ledger is public. This doesn’t make any sense. Because of this, the original poster can be considered wrong, but the concept of the theory has some credit.
Paul Le Roux was fascinated by cryptography as early as the 90s. Before he went to the crime life, he was the creator of Encryption for the Masses (E4M), which can encrypt entire disks. He even wrote a manifesto about how governments are increasing electronic surveillance and that civil liberties were threatened.
The Clues That Point Out To The Le Roux Satoshi Theory
Several things allign just right when you think about Satoshi Nakamoto and Paul Le Rouxand the site which broke the news enumerated several of them. For instance, both used fake personas online and concealed their real language in order to not be known.
Some of the clues are that they were both interested in cryptography and privacy, they were both C++ programmers, the Satoshi/Solotshi nicknames, both were wary of the State’s authority and had an interest in online gambling.
Also, both of them knew that traditional payment systems had posed difficulties for people (le Roux because he was actually doing something illegal), their spelling was mostly alike, Satoshi disappeared in 2011 when Le Roux was arrested and Le Roux would never need to move his BTC when prices started to go up because he was already rich.
There is even a post about a virtual P2P banking idea which was posted by an anonymous person in 2002, way before BTC existed. It was from the Netherlands, where the man was living at the time. There are simply a lot of similarities.
Another proof is that there is an IRC chat in which Craig Wright connects to Theymos, an r/Bitcoin moderator. They talk about how Le Roux partnered with them before he was arrested.
The Truth About Satoshi Nakamoto and Paul Le Roux
We all should remember that Craig Wright is a big liar. Unfortunately, there is no way to know whether he can be lying or misleading his connections in some way for some utterly personal reason. He’s just like that. It is hard to simply buy the story without any kind of definitive proof.
There were even rumors that Wright worked for Le Roux and heard about Bitcoin, which is why he keeps trying to steal the title and that he wants to crack his Bitcoin wallet up until today.
The truth is that we simply do not know what happened and there is a fair chance that we never will. If there is no definitive proof on the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, doubts will continue forever on this topic.