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Max Keiser: McAfee Has No Cred Among Legit Crypo Leaders

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(Kitco News) - Don’t expect the ongoing mystery of the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, to be solved anytime soon. Colorful tech entrepreneur John McAfee backed down on his promise to identify person who invented the digital currency.

But in a comment on Twitter McAfee said that he is not revealing the name of bitcoin’s creator at the request of his lawyer who said that it could cause problems for an impending extradition hearing. “I cannot risk that. I'll wait,” he said.

However, some people are not buying McAfee’s claim that he knows the identity of Nakamoto.

Cryptocurrency proponent Max Keiser, creator of the Keiser Report told Kitco News that McAfee has no credibility in the cryptocurrency space.

“Nobody in legit crypto takes McAfee seriously,” he said. “The protocol rejects bad actors and threats. John might be the next to go the way of Craig Wright.”

McAfee has been making headlines throughout the cryptocurrency world after dropping hints on Twitter regarding the identify of Nakamoto. In a post last week, he said that a group actually created bitcoin but one man wrote the whitepaper on the cryptocurrency, and he currently lives in the U.S.

In an interview with Bloomberg, McAfee said that he has been in touch with the man he is claiming to be Nakamoto. McAfee said the man is upset that his identify could be revealed.

“I’ve spoken with him, and he is not a happy camper about my attempt to out him,” McAfee said in the telephone interview.

Over the years several people have been outed or claimed to be Nakamoto but all have eventually proven inaccurate. Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist and businessman, was one of the most prominent claims to be Nakamoto, which was later established as false.

McAfee is known for the eponymous antivirus software he created in the ‘80s. He is no longer associated with the product or company that sold it. Six years ago McAfee was a person of interest after the murder of an American expatriate in Belize. McAfee fled the country.

By Daniela Cambone and Neils Christensen of Kitco News; dcambone@kitco.com and nchristensen@kitco.com

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