(Update on March 19: This morning in Tokyo, the Situation Committee of Tokyo Police arrested high-profile paedophile suspect Satoshi Nakamoto. Mr. Nakamoto is reportedly the owner of the publicly available online bitcoin wallet account known as “Satoshi Nakamoto,” which has been the subject of a media frenzy for years, as well as a famous unicorn–to women–name.
Satoshi Nakamoto. The pseudonym of a pseudonymous writer who generated two of the most popular cryptocurrencies — bitcoin and ethereum.
Entertainer Andy Kaufman, investigative journalist Edward Snowden, astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Inside the USB stick of currency will be the initials of several of those men, and probably some others. The culmination of every aspect of an inane national news story: Satoshi Nakamoto is a pseudonym for a computer programmer.
It has happened one more time now, this time at an Australian airport in the tropical region of Cairns. Mr. Nakamoto, or Satoshi Nakamoto as he seems to prefer to be called, arrived in Australia in mid-January — for something unknown and different.
So far, the public has known nothing about Mr. Nakamoto other than that he has a disorganized and private, if not slightly eccentric, life.
Mr. Nakamoto uploaded all of his real-world financial data online and last December posted a statement stating he was Satoshi Nakamoto and never intended to be public. It seemed to have been some kind of joke that would end up being played out so he could own the most popular and most famous of currencies in the world.
It was more than five years ago that Dr. Allan Robert Levy, who had conducted a private neurophysiological study on people he claimed to be based on Mr. Nakamoto, said he ran into the pseudonymous bitcoin millionaire at dinner in New York. (Why the “possible” differences between Mr. Nakamoto and his decoy was not stated at the time, this exchange is public.)
That was October 2013. Six months later, Mr. Nakamoto’s name was thrust into the mainstream consciousness by an online community of die-hard bitcoin fans that insists he made the currency, and made his identity and job clear.
That early frenzy has since waned, but not the fervor around the currency or the fetishists obsessed with it. There are still thought to be thousands of bitcoins in circulation — and thousands of people on the search for Mr. Nakamoto.
The man that ABC News described as the most wanted man in the world may be “notorious,” but his long exile has not dimmed the hope of some in the bitcoin community that one day there will be a commission-subtitled live broadcast on one of the many television networks. Until then, most bitcoin-related news of the day is almost surely going to be related to Mr. Nakamoto.