Since the disappearance of Satoshi Natamoto, the unknown inventor of Bitcoin, in 2011, there has been no shortage of theories about his identity.
Hal Finney, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, Nick Sabo, and Craig Wright have been named as potential competitors (although CSW is the main character promoting the latter theory).
Now, after months of searching, Gamefi Research’s director of quantum economics, Gerald Watta, believes he’s found the answer to Satoshi’s true identity — Canadian cryptologist James A. Donald. In a new research paper on November 17, Wootta outlines exciting conditions that he believes confirm this association.
Donald was the first to comment on the bitcoin white paper in 2008, sparking interest from Watt. Fota wrote that the “almost instant” time was “extremely suspicious” and made him “look at more of [Donald’s] life.”
He explained to Cointelegraph:
“If you look at the time, Donald comments a few minutes after the Bitcoin white paper is published and asks Satoshi that specific question – how do you read and analyze the white paper and come up with an amazing scaling question like three minutes? It’s almost impossible.”
Wootta wrote that Donald also wiped out the result: “Donald was not only well versed in computers, programming, and coding, but was also well versed in economics, history, and law. His own words would be his, but they helped me relate him to Satoshi Nakamoto.”
This isn’t the first time a theory has surfaced. In 2014, a post by user Bruno Kucinskas on the Bitcoin Forum also referred to the same rapid response guide that sparked controversy. One user argued that the timestamp varies across archives, while another suggested that the time zones differ from the suggested ones, raising doubts about the length of time between posting and replying.
There is also the possibility that Satoshi and Donald will speak in private before the question and answer is made public. Wootta told Cointelegraph he had read all of these counter-arguments, but his testimony “speaks for itself”. He noted that the Donald Crypto Kong project’s only website is “literally embodied in bitcoin.”
Wott’s research focused on Crypto Kong, a program that uses elliptic curve cryptography to sign documents electronically. “This specific program is eerily familiar with the basics of bitcoin,” he wrote, and in his blog, Wotta delved into the similarities between the information on the site and the white paper.
The Echeque website contains Crypto Kong details, and “echeque.com” was Donald’s email domain “firstname.lastname@example.org”. According to Wott, Donald sent a letter to Satoshi from this address at least once.
In addition to the evidence, on the homepage of Crypto Kong on the echeque website, there is a collapsed example of Kong with a digital signature on the right side of the screen that matches the signature sent by Satoshi Nakamoto before the 34th. rank.
So why does Satoshi talk to himself from two different addresses when he’s actually Donald? According to Wott, this tactic was a ploy to “maintain anonymity and create an opposite view of Bitcoin.”
Email Correspondence between Satoshi and Donald. Source: metzdowd
He also supports his claim with evidence gathered through analysis of the writing system used by Satoshi. He wrote, “[Donald’s] communications included language that made me think of Satoshi.”
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He argues that Satoshi’s “excellent understanding of not only English but also North American English” means that he may have been born, raised, or educated in the United States, Great Britain, or a former British colony.
For example, Satoshi uses the word “adviser” and the British spelling of the word “service”.
In the same way, he was able to associate Satoshi with Donald through a peculiar use of the word shumian. Donald used the word in his email response to Digicash patents on August 3, 2003, and Satoshi also used it in his email response on February 11, 2009.
And so the secret was revealed. Wootta said the likelihood that two people will have the same credentials, have a clear understanding of North American language and culture, and have roughly the same official document, is astronomically low.
Matty Greenspan, founder of quantum economics, said Gerrard worked on the research for several months with Charles Burd, COO, who “ensures good research practice and intelligence gathering.”
Since the post was published, he said, the response has been “unique”.
“This is without a doubt one of our most popular research articles to date, and we continue to misunderstand it.