Isn't publishing software somewhat anonymously actually pretty simple? There was that dude Beal Screamer who broke Microsoft's DRM in media player a number of years ago, and to my knowledge no one ever found out who did that either. Even without sites like Github around specifically for the purpose of sharing code it doesn't seem to me like it'd be all that difficult, and when someone does find out who Satoshi is I don't think it'll be a reporter at Wired.
Pastebin was practically invented for small scale leaks like that.
Hey, look! It's a guy with an apparent interest in security who seems to value his privacy and doesn't want to be in the spotlight. Yeah, that hardly ever happens.
Uhh, "apparent interest in security"? You mean an outright criminal? Someone who likely orchestrated this whole "Nakamoto" thing to begin with?
Wired isn't in the wrong because they exposed someone who wanted to remain private. They're wrong because they "exposed" someone who wanted the exact opposite.
Look at the wired article:
The first evidence pointing to Wright appeared in mid-November, when an anonymous source close to Wright began leaking documents to Gwern Branwen, a pseudonymous, independent security researcher and dark web analysis
This "source" is probably Wright. Heck, are we sure "Gwern" isn't Wright too?
There’s also a PDF authored by Kleiman, who died in April of 2013, in which he agrees to take control of a trust fund, codenamed the “Tulip Trust,” containing 1.1 million bitcoins. The PDF is signed with Kleiman’s PGP signature, a cryptographic technique that ensures it couldn’t have been altered post-signature.
In other words, there is no proof that such a trove exists. There's no proof that Kleiman signed it either, because Kleiman is dead and thus his "close friend and confident" could have signed it using Kleiman's credentials. The time is also completely meaningless, you need to establish an external synchronicity.
McGrathNicol: a liquidation report on one of several companies Wright founded known as Hotwire, an attempt to create a bitcoin-based bank. It shows that the startup was backed in June 2013 by $23 million in bitcoins owned by Wright.
Uh, no. It shows that Wright claimed such a thing and then pretty clearly shows it didn't exist:http://www.mcgrathnicol.com/app/uploads ... rt-BFK.pdf
The Directors have advised that $30 million was subscribed to by the shareholders in paid up capital and
this was injected via Bitcoins
They advised that they did this. In other words, they simply said they did. McGrathNicol never independently verified any of it. They didn't purport to either, that's not what they do. I actually already suspected that one of the persons in the incorporation was a fraudulent personage; a sock-puppet for Wright.
Why? He wanted government money:
Given the Company’s main activity was research and development of (uncommercialised) software, it was
reliant on the ongoing support of its shareholders and research development credits (“R&D credits”) from
the ATO to meet its day to day trading costs.
He also want VAT refunds for transactions that never occurred.
Further to incurring a range of expenses, the Company lodged its GST return for the September 2013
quarter, claiming a GST refund of $3.1 million (“the GST refund”)
The government says, uh, like no? Can you prove that you are doing anything at all?
After various discussions and
correspondence, the ATO issued a notice to the Company on 20 January 2014 notifying that it intended to
withhold the refund pending further verification of transactions and the treatment of Bitcoin.
He obviously couldn't, and the company folds:
Following continued efforts to secure the GST refund and attempts to raise funding from other sources
(which were ultimately unsuccessful), the Directors resolved that the Company was insolvent and
appointed Administrators on 28 April 2014.
Like, you don't even really have to read between the lines. It's leaking off the page.
And what does Wired say?
At the time of the company’s incorporation, Wright’s investment in that one firm alone represented more than 1.5 percent of all existing bitcoins, a strangely large stash for an unknown player in the bitcoin world.
Their credulity is killing me. HOW STUPID ARE THEY?
If you read that McGrathNicol report you realize that this "company" never had a dime (Cash at bank? LITERALLY ZERO section 10.1), and the only transactions it ever concluded were on paper and with other wright entities.
This is textbook fraud, of the "idiotic fraud for dummies" variety.
This guy isn't a victim, he's a CRIMINAL who has, astoundingly and with the flimsiest amount of effort, bamboozled "tech journalists".