Plot twist! Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto denies founding Bitcoin

In one of the stranger LA car chases, reporters follow and live tweet attempts to talk to alleged Bitcoin creator VIDEO

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Plot twist! Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto denies founding Bitcoin (Credit: ppart via Shutterstock/Salon)

According to Business Insider, alleged Bitcoin founder Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto is denying any involvement with Bitcoin. A story published earlier today by Newsweek claims the 64-year-old Temple City, California resident created the virtual currency. The reporter, Leah McGrath Goodman, spoke to family and a chief scientist at Bitcoin. Goodman told Business Insider, I don’t have any doubt in my mind,” that he is the secretive founder.

Despite denying his involvement, Nakamoto was met with a swarm of press outside of his home. According to tweets from the scene, Nakamoto chose a reporter from AP at random the two of them drove off in a Prius to get sushi. When followed to lunch, the AP reporter took Nakamoto to AP headquarters, with a gaggle of reporters in tow.

Car chases are not an uncommon occurrence in Los Angeles, however not many of them are after a supposed computer engineer worth millions of untouched Bitcoins. The reporters were not the only ones to take to Twitter; there is already a parody account for Nakamoto. A Storify of two Los Angeles Times reporters’ experience of #bitcoinchase is below, where Andrea Chang quotes Nakamoto saying, “No no no I was never involved.”

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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