Yesterday Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman fingered Dorian S. Nakamoto — a 64-year-old Californian physicist and model train enthusiast — as the man behind the digital currency Bitcoin.
Dorian S. Nakamoto, born Satoshi Nakamoto in Japan, may be the man behind Bitcoin. But Newsweek's article did not contain any hard proof, and was built on layer upon layer of circumstantial evidence, including his supposed involvement in classified work for the Federal Aviation Administration; his daughter saying "[h]e was very wary of the government, taxes, and people in charge"; and his brother saying "[h]e is very meticulous in what he does, but he is very afraid to take himself out into the media."
Considering that Newsweek both implied that Nakamoto possesses bitcoins worth $400 million, and published a picture of Nakamoto's home, questions are being asked about whether this might be inviting robbery and extortion attempts. Indeed, if Dorian S. Nakamoto is not the founder of Bitcoin, Newsweek might end up facing a big lawsuit.
In an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, Dorian S. Nakamoto denied being the founder of Bitcoin, claiming that he had only heard of Bitcoin three weeks ago when his son was contacted by Newsweek. Nakamoto also said that he was referring to his career in engineering, rather than Bitcoin, when he told Newsweek, "I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it."
Now, the original Satoshi Nakamoto has emerged from two years of silence to claim that he is not Dorian S. Nakamoto, either. Replying to the original 2009 post introducing Bitcoin on the P2P Foundation website, the original Satoshi Nakamoto wrote simply: "I am not Dorian Nakamoto."
Of course, it's possible that the Satoshi Nakamoto account was hacked. And some are speculating that this is more proof that Newsweek has fingered the right man. After all, lots of people have been accused of being Satoshi Nakamoto before, and Satoshi Nakamoto has never denied it. On the other hand, none of those accused have ever had their photos, identifiable photos of their house, and details of their family published all over the internet, leading to the possibility of an elderly and reclusive physicist being subjected to extortion and robbery attempts.
Still, if Satoshi Nakamoto is not Dorian S. Nakamoto, he will have to do a lot more to prove it than simply denying it. Coming forward with his real identity may be the only way to dispel the swirling rumors. John Aziz
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said during a news conference late Monday night that 15 police officers were injured, six seriously, earlier in the day, although their injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.
The officers were hit by flying debris, including rocks, bottles, and sticks. "This is not protesting, this is not your First Amendment rights," he said. "This is criminal acts." He added he was "disappointed in the fact the damage has been done to these communities" and "disappointed we cannot be more responsible." He said the violence is embarrassing to the "beautiful" city of Baltimore, and asked that parents "take control of your kids." Catherine Garcia
In East Baltimore on Monday night, a community center and senior housing complex still under construction went up in flames, and authorities say they do not know if it is linked to the rioting across the city.
Baltimore Fire Dept says building on fire is a senior center that was under construction pic.twitter.com/AQu0jZXZa5
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) April 28, 2015
A spokesman for the mayor's office told WBAL-TV that the fire destroyed the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, which is run by a community-based organization that supports youth and families. Firefighters arrived at the three-alarm fire at 8:49 p.m., and the flames were visible from blocks away. About 60 members of the Southern Baptist Church located across the street watched as the fire engulfed the structures, many sobbing and asking aloud how this could happen.
The project consisted of the community center and about 60 affordable housing units for senior citizens, and has been in development since 2006, The Baltimore Sun reports. The center was to be used for events, educational programs, and employment training. Catherine Garcia
Jayne Meadows, the award-winning actress and TV personality who often appeared alongside her husband Steve Allen, died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Encino, California. She was 95.
Meadows was born in China while her parents were missionaries, and she started in show business more than six decades ago, People reports. Meadows performed on Broadway stages, starred in movies, and was a regular panelist on I've Got a Secret. She also won the Susan B. Anthony Award for her one-woman show, Powerful Women in History. Meadows was married to Allen for 46 years until his death in 2000. She was also the sister of the late Audrey Meadows, who starred as Alice Kramden on The Honeymooners.
In an email to Entertainment Tonight, her son, Bill, wrote, "She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in once scene, but she was the greatest story teller I have ever known and I will miss her endlessly fascinating and frequently hilarious anecdotes about her life and the many brilliantly talented people she worked with and befriended along the way." Catherine Garcia
During a news conference Monday night, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he declared a state of emergency at the request of Baltimore officials, adding that he did not make the decision "lightly," as the "National Guard represents the last resort."
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 28, 2015
Hogan said the people of Baltimore "deserve peace and safety in their community," and the state will "not tolerate" the "roving gangs" who are to blame for the violence. The governor said he is sending 500 state troopers to Baltimore and is requesting as many as 5,000 officers from neighboring states, with Maryland National Guard Adjutant Gen. Linda Singh stressing during the news conference that it is "not martial law."
Once night fell, looters hit the Mondawmin Mall, a Save-A-Lot, and a Rite Aid in Bolton Hill, and a new senior center was set on fire, The Baltimore Sun reports. A total of 27 people have been arrested so far, police said, and Baltimore city officials announced that school has been canceled for Tuesday. Catherine Garcia
Police officers across the U.S. are on high alert after Baltimore police received what they say is a "credible threat" targeting all law enforcement officers.
In a statement, Baltimore Police said they received information that members of different gangs, including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family, have "entered into a partnership" to "take out" police, and "law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers." Spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk would not elaborate on how the information was received or why it is considered credible, The Baltimore Sun reports, and would not say if it is connected to the Freddie Gray demonstrations. In Los Angeles, the threat is being taken seriously, and officers were ordered to ride in pairs together. Catherine Garcia
On Monday evening, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced during a news conference that a citywide curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will start on Tuesday, and will be extended as necessary after one week.
The mayor said that once the curfew goes into effect, everyone has to be off the streets unless it's a "medical emergency or you're going to work," and reminded people that there is a juvenile curfew of 9 p.m. that will be strictly enforced. Rawlings-Blake then turned her attention to the rioters, saying there is a "very clear difference" between the peaceful protesters "who wish to seek justice, those who seek to be heard and want answers," and the "thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city." Rawlings-Blake, a lifelong resident of Baltimore, added that "too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for, tearing down businesses, tearing down and destroying property, things that we know will impact our community for years."
A police official also stated during the news conference that 15 police officers were injured by flying debris thrown by rioters, and two are still hospitalized. He said that over the next few days, officials will look over video footage to identify the perpetrators. Catherine Garcia
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed an executive order Monday evening declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard, after looters and police clashed in the streets of Baltimore.
At least 15 police officers were injured Monday afternoon, including two who remained hospitalized Monday night. Cars have been destroyed, bricks have been thrown through windows, and after being looted, a CVS store was set on fire around 6:15 p.m. Once firefighters arrived on the scene, rioters poked holes in the water hose being used to fight the blaze. Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk told WBAL-TV he understands that "the images people are seeing on TV are very disturbing. Our highest priority, our first focus right now is to protect the lives of our officers that are out on the street and the people that live and work in those areas." Catherine Garcia