Man Called Bitcoin s Father Denies Any Ties Wrangles Free Lunch
A man widely believed to be Bitcoin mining currency founder Satoshi Nakamoto is surrounded by reporters as he leaves his home in Temple City, California
TEMPLE CITY, California (Reuters) - A reclusive Japanese American man thought to be the father of Bitcoin emerged from his Southern California home and denied any involvement with the digital currency, before leading reporters on a car chase leading to the headquarters of the Associated Press.
Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of Bitcoin mining traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said Nakamoto lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles, and included a photograph.
Dozens of reporters encircled a modest two-story house thought to be his residence on Thursday morning. No one answered the doorbell, though Bitcoin mining several times, someone pulled back the drapes on an upstairs window, suggesting the person was keeping an eye on the street.
In the afternoon, Nakamoto stepped outside and told reporters he had nothing to do with bitcoin but was looking for someone who understood Japanese, to buy him a free lunch.
An AP reporter said yes, and the two made their way to a nearby sushi restaurant with media in tow, before leaving and heading downtown.