Martin Shkreli may have revealed the identity of Satoshi

In a recent Substack post,  disgraced biotech entrepreneur Martin Shkreli claims that Paul Le Roux, a former programmer and ex-cartel boss, is the real Satoshi Nakamoto. 

 "Pharma bro" appears to have cracked the  first transmission sent to the late Bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney. 

 Le Roux was arrested  in 2012 after the Drug Enforcement Administration successfully lured him into a trap. During a sting operation organized by the DEA, a hired informant secretly recorded the gangster. 

 A druggist and arms dealer was sentenced to 25 years in prison  in June 2020. Le Roux could have spent the rest of his  life behind bars, but his sentence was reduced thanks to  extensive help from the DEA. 

 The encoder-turned-pin has been one of  Satoshi Nakamoto's main contenders for some time. A 2019 Wired article  suggests that there is overwhelming evidence that Bitcoin was created by a criminal. 

 The Bitcoin community poured cold water on Shkreli's latest revelation. Well-known Bitcoin Core developer Peter Wuille claims that his blog post simply proves that someone with access to Finney's private key signed the alleged message. 

 Greg Maxwell, another prominent programmer, also disputed Shkreli's claims, arguing that the signature type used by the alleged Satoshi only existed after Finney was decommissioned. So it just proves that someone is in control of the deceased developer's private key. 

 If Shkreli is right, it means that Le Roux probably created Bitcoin as a money laundering tool to support his criminal empire, confirming the warnings of many cryptocurrency opponents.


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