New reports on Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s creator emerged saying that he is a drug and arms dealer at least according to Evan Ratliff so let’s read more in our latest Bitcoin news today.
Evan Ratliff is the author of the book The Mastermind and he shared his opinion on Paul Le Roux who he thinks is the man behind Bitcoin. Ratliff showed evidence but admitted that he fits a story into a narrative where Satoshi Nakamoto is probably someone else.
The reports on Satoshi Nakamoto are still a mystery. There was a certain dissatisfaction about the official narrative which was only enhanced by the reports that Nakamoto has 1 million BTC in a stash but what is it about Roux that is suspicious? Well, at first, he is a programmer that specializes in encryption that turned an online pharmacy business into a criminal enterprise. He branched out into drugs and arms trafficking while using violence to keep his business running. In 2021, Roux was lured to Liberia that has an extradition treaty with the US and he was supposed to meet with a Colombian cartel boss. It later turned out that the boss was a paid informant for the Drug Enforcement Agency.
He was arrested by the local police who he eventually bribed but that didn’t work. In return for confessing and pleading guilty, Le Roux got immunity from other crimes like murder. He was handed in a 25-year prison sentence by Judge Abrams:
“The scope and severity of Mr. Le Roux’s criminal conduct is nothing short of breathtaking. I have before me a man who has engaged in conduct in keeping with the villain in a James Bond movie.”
Ratliff conducted plenty of interviews with associates and other people that cooperated with Le Roux which is where the suspicion that he is Nakamoto emerged. In 2018, in the lawsuit against Craig Wright by Ira Kleiman, there were links to a news article and a Wikipedia page for Le Roux which forced Ratliff to revisit the theory. Ratliff pointed to Le Roux’s expertise in networking and encryption and while working as a programmer, he spent years in creating encryption software called Encryption for the Masses:
“In 1999, he announced E4M on a cryptography mailing list, launched a web site at e4m.net to release the open source code, and began patiently answering technical questions and taking suggestions.”
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