Hal Finney is not Satoshi Nakamoto, claims Jameson Lopp, the co-founder of Bitcoin custody firm Casa.

Hal Finney Cannot be Satoshi Nakamoto: New Analysis

  • Hal Finney is not Satoshi Nakamoto, claims Jameson Lopp, the co-founder of Bitcoin custody firm Casa.
  • Lopp pointed out that Finney was running a marathon when Satoshi Nakamoto was exchanging emails.
  • Lopp noted that Satoshi Nakamoto was exchanging emails with early Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn. 
  • Meanwhile, at the same time, Finney was running a marathon for one hour and 18 minutes. 

Hal Finney, an American software developer and a major contributor to the Bitcoin network, cannot be Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of the world’s first and oldest blockchain, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In a shocking new analysis that has surfaced on social media platforms, it is clear that the developer cannot be the creator of Bitcoin.

For a very long time, it has been widely rumored in the digital asset community that Hal Finney is Satoshi Nakamoto due to his initial contributions to the Bitcoin network. He was the first person, aside from Nakamoto, to actually download and run the BTC software, and he was also the first person to receive the world’s leading cryptocurrency. 

However, Hal Finney denied these theories, stating that he was not Satoshi Nakamoto until he passed away in 2014. Jameson Lopp, a self-proclaimed cypherpunk and co-founder of Bitcoin custody firm Casa, was not a firm believer in the theory either. Interestingly, in a blog post shared earlier this week, Lopp confirmed that the software developer cannot be Satoshi Nakamoto. 

“Who do I think is Satoshi? I have my theories, but I shall never share them, as it would be irresponsible to do so. Rather, I believe it is in the best interest of Bitcoin to dispel any myths of Satoshi’s identity,” said Lopp.

Lopp also noted that since Hal Finney passed away, “a multitude of scammers have taken the opposite route and tried to leech off of Satoshi’s reputation by claiming to be him.” Interestingly, in the blog post, Lopp noted that on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at 8 a.m. Pacific time, Hal Finney, an avid runner, began a 10-mile race in Santa Barbara, California. 

At the same time, Satoshi was performing activities that Hal Finney couldn’t have done because he was running a marathon. The creator of Bitcoin was busy exchanging emails with early Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn during the one hour and 18 minutes of the marathon. Interestingly, Lopp pointed out that Satoshi sent the email to Mike at 9:16 AM Pacific time, i.e., 2 minutes before the software developer crossed the finish line.

Interestingly, Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed founder and creator of Bitcoin (BTC), has been labeled as a fraudster by multiple people, including Edward Snowden, an ex-NSA officer and whistleblower.

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