Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, the man who has denied allegations he is the founder of Bitcoin, said in a new video that he wants to give the crypto-currency community a big hug to thank its members for their support.
It’s one expensive embrace. More than 49 bitcoins, amounting to nearly $24,000, have been donated to help Nakamoto clear his name since he was identified as the Bitcoin founder, reportedly someone called Satoshi Nakamoto, in a Newsweek article last month.
“I want to hug you, this 2,000 of you, who donated. I’m very happy, each one gives me a tick in my heart,” Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto said in the nearly three-minute-long video.
“My name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto and, of course, if I was the creator I would never use my real name,” he said. “So, from that point of view, I’m sure you guys would know that Satoshi Nakamoto is not me.”
For a guy who said he had nothing to do with bitcoin, Nakamoto now has an account, thanks to the donations, and said he plans to keep it for “many, many years.”
“Hopefully, I can also contribute as you did to me,” he said. “Thank you.”