Earlier this year, Newsweek broke a massive story in its return to print by uncovering the man responsible for creating Bitcoin, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. The only problem with their story is the fact that Nakamoto claims they have the wrong guy and he had nothing to do with the cryptocurrency.
As a result of the report, Nakamoto was swarmed and harassed by journalists at his home which then led to a slow-speed car chase as he and an Associated Press reporter attempted to outrun other journalists after the scoop.
Nakamoto hired a lawyer a week or so after the story was published and now it seems they’re going to work together. They’ve created the Dorian Nakamoto Legal Defense Fund through a website called Newsweek Lied in which they’re accepting donations for Nakamoto to sue Newsweek.
And in a brilliant and obvious jab at the publication, they’re accepting donations in Bitcoin (in addition to credit and debit card donations).
Nakamoto’s legal fund website argues that the Newsweek journalist that penned the Bitcoin story, Leah McGrath Goodman, was previously sued for defamation in 2011. What’s more, it notes that Nakamoto’s request for retraction to Newsweek was ignored – a request that lists 16 factual errors and altered or invented quotes, he claims.
The question of who actually created the popular cryptocurrency lives on. Considering we live in a world where it seems that all of our online activity can be traced, it’s a testament to Bitcoin’s creator that he / she hasn’t been uncovered yet.