Paypal founder Peter Thiel believes he met Satoshi Nakamoto on a beach in the Caribbean
At the time, he was at the 4th International Conference on Financial Cryptography (CICF) with around 200 people discussing the use of cryptography and new technologies in banking.
“I have a theory that Satoshi’s identity was on that beach in Anguilla”
The CICF had several experts, this is clearly denoted by the extremely technical papers such as “Public-Key Infrastructure: PKIX, Signed XML, or Something Else”, “Payment Systems: The Next Generation” and several others published in the 4 days of the meeting.
There, Peter met the founders of E-gold, a digital currency system created to transfer gold-backed assets that was eventually shut down in 2007 by the US government.
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“I met them on Anguilla Beach in February 2000. We were starting the revolution against central banks on Anguilla Beach. We were going to make PayPal interoperable with E-Gold and blow up all the central banks.” – Thiel said.
Paypal’s co-founder said that Bitcoin’s creator likely learned from E-gold’s mistakes, as the company and the founders themselves were indicted by the US Department of Justice.
“If we knew who [Satoshi] is, the government would arrest him,” Thiel warned.
Interestingly, one of the authors cited in the resulting ICCF book is Satoshi Obana, a researcher in the field of computer science and cryptography. Perhaps, he served as an inspiration for the creation of the identity of the creator of bitcoin.