A new theory about the true identity of Bitcoin’s anonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, has emerged from an extremely unlikely source. Enter the Escobar family and their story about Yasutaka Nakamoto.
The story goes like this: Yasutaka Nakamoto was a senior engineer from Pacific West Airlines who worked for the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and smuggled drugs into the United States from South America. Yasutaka completely disappeared from the public eye in 1992 after surviving an assassination attempt on his former employer. It then reappeared years later to create and launch Bitcoin. He is also said to be the brother of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto.
At least, that’s the story that Olof Gustaffson, CEO of Escobar Inc, the multinational company of Colombian drug dealer Pablo Escobar, told Cointelegraph. Gustaffson is a 27-year-old Swedish businessman who founded his first company at the age of 13. At the age of 21 he became CEO of the multinational Escobar conglomerate based in Medellín, Colombia.
Why do we hear this story now?
In a recent call to Cointelegraph, Gustaffson, the right man of Paul’s brother Robert, shared this fantastic version of the events to silence the anger of self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig S. Wright.
Olof Gustafsson, CEO of Escobar Inc. Source: @ olof_gustafsson / Twitter
According to Gustafsson, Yasutaka’s position as chief engineer at Pacific West Airlines made him the perfect source of information for Pablo Escobar’s drug smuggling. While commercial pilot Barry Seal (played by Tom Cruise in the American Made film) previously supplied medication for Escobar, Yasutaka was still able to carry the torch, thanks in large part to full access to his role in the airline, says Gustafsson. .
Gustafsson further claims that Yasutaka’s experience with microprocessors and semiconductors provided him with a technical knowledge base that he would later apply to the world’s first cryptocurrency. According to Gustafsson, Yasutaka was a renegade, wild enough to work for Pablo Escobar, but persistent enough not to jeopardize his loyalty.
Yasutaka’s public profile
Only a public mention of a Yasutaka Nakamoto can be found online. Gustafsson referred us to an article in the Los Angeles Times on October 1, 1992, that tells the story of Hughes Aircraft Co. employee Yasutaka A. Nakamoto, who was unharmed after finding a pipe bomb in his car when he was parked in the job. The article says:
“Hughes’ co-worker Yasutaka A. Nakamoto, 39, first thought his car was stolen because the window was broken, said Sgt. Andy Gonis. Then he found the device under the seat.”
According to the policy, the police declined to provide further details about the bomb. He also declined to speculate as to why an aeronautical engineer would become a car bomb target.
This attack marked the end of a fruitful phase of cooperation between Nakamoto and Escobar in the drug trade, says Gustafsson. It was also the last time that Yasutaka Nakamoto was heard.
Escobar Inc. is a multi-headed hydra that has gotten into Bitcoin
Escobar Inc. is already immersed in the world of cryptocurrencies. In 2018, Roberto Escobar released “Diet Bitcoin”, a branch of the Bitcoin blockchain that eventually transitioned to Ethereum’s ERC-20 architecture in 2019. However, the company is also characterized by its provocative advertising.
In 2016, Escobar launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $ 50 million to speed Donald Trump’s impeachment. Roberto Escobar claimed to have important information for Robert Mueller’s investigation. The GoFundMe site was removed from the donation company because it was not clear how the funds were allocated. More than $ 10 million was raised within 10 hours before the campaign ended.
The same year, Escobar threatened Netflix with a lawsuit of $ 1 billion for alleging that it was an inaccurate representation of itself in the hit Narcos series. Roberto Escobar also claimed the right to edit subsequent seasons of the show itself.
In recent years, Roberto Escobar has claimed that Satoshi personally contacted him to ask for help building Bitcoin. In other cases, Escobar has claimed that Satoshi is actually a cipher for the CIA and the US government.
Escobar’s dispute over the Bitcoin brand
In 2019, this reporter revealed that Gustafsson and Escobar were the former owners of the Bitcoin brand, which was registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto Craig Wright made headlines in 2019 when he claimed the USPTO’s Bitcoin naming rights. After the UK-based company Coin Legal Ltd. When Gustafsson failed to respond to Wright’s claim within the specified six month period, it lost control of the Bitcoin brand.
Now the pendulum seems to have gone back to the other side. The latest files from the USPTO website show that Bitcoin’s naming rights are again under the control of Coin Legal Ltd. stand. The last changes to the submission were made on April 14th. 2020, and a review process is ongoing.
Like all theories of Satoshi’s identity that have emerged in recent years, Yasutaka Nakamoto’s story remains light in terms of evidence and credibility. The only person who could refute or confirm this Bitcoin creation story would be Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, whom Gustafsson claims to be the brother of Yasutaka.
Dorian Nakamoto’s return
Dorian Nakamoto was the subject of a short but intense period of speculation in 2014 after a Newsweek reporter published claims that he was the “face behind Bitcoin”. Before denying any participation in Bitcoin, Dorian first told reporters that he was “no longer involved” and was unable to discuss it.
Gustafsson refers to this White Pages entry for a Dorian S. Nakamoto who matches Dorian’s age and place of residence. Six relatives appear in the same entry, one of them Yasutaka A. Nakamoto. According to Gustafsson, this is the nakamoto that everyone was looking for. He said:
“We believe that his middle name is Akiko and that he was later called Akiko. A man named Akiko registered at Dorian’s address in California.”
A search in the US phone book may confirm this. Here are four of Dorian’s same relatives for an Akiko Nakamoto. Yasutaka A. Nakamoto’s list of white pages also shows that he lived at the same address as Dorian.
However, these listings are not conclusive evidence and could be manipulated by independent third parties.
More posthumous credit for Bitcoin creation?
Gustafsson argues that Dorian knew everything about Yasutaka’s involvement in Bitcoin and that Dorian traveled to Colombia in 2014 to do business with Roberto Escobar after Yasutaka disappeared after the car bomb incident.
If this version of Satoshi is true, it can only posthumously appreciate his invention. Gustafsson claims that the creation of Bitcoin was one of Yasutaka’s last acts before he died in early 2010. After years of harassment after the discredited Newsweek article, Dorian Nakamoto has urged Bitcoin fans and enthusiasts. from cryptocurrencies to being alone. Although standard journalistic practice would dictate reaching Dorian Nakamoto in this case, Cointelegraph instead claims to respect Dorian’s wishes and has not contacted him.
When asked why he had given this information now, Gustafsson said: “Roberto believes it is important to correct the record.”