The man who has been pegged by Newsweek at the real Satoshi Nakamoto is presently being hounded by journalists in Southern California, and he’s denying any involvement.
The man was seen leaving his home this afternoon in an Instagram video posted by Hunter Schwarz of Buzzfeed.
“No questions right now,” he demanded. “I want my free lunch.”
The 65-year-old left with an Associated Press journalist for lunch, presumably to speak about the Newsweek exposé that went live on the web Thursday morning.
He denied allegations that he was the creator of bitcoin made by the paper’s Leah McGrath Goodman: “I’m not involved in bitcoin.”
“OK, apparently #Nakamoto picked one reporter outside his house to take to sushi. Surreal,” tweeted Joe Bel Bruno of LA Times. The two left in a Prius, where a chase on the I-10 freeway eventually took place with scores of reporters following Nakamoto and the AP journo. With too much media attention, the journalist and ‘Nakamoto’ reportedly left the sushi joint and ended up at the AP bureau in downtown Los Angeles.
“Nakamoto now in DTLA. Told me in elevator that he’s not involved with #Bitcoin, engaged in weird car chase ‘all for a free lunch’,” tweeted Andrea Chang, also of the LA Times.
The gentleman has been seen with a smile on his face, thankfully, so the crazy media attention is seemingly not getting to him — yet. Very soon, however, we should be getting the complete picture and finding out whether the Newsweek piece was nothing more than sensationalism.