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Julian Assange has alleged that Bitcoin “founder” Satoshi Nakamoto asked WikiLeaks not to use the cryptocurrency as a means of raising funds, for fear of attracting unwanted attention. The allegation surfaced in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session Assange conducted to promote a new book. In that session he offers this …

  1. Aslan

    So hubris from Assange and a bit of overdramitic reporting from The Register,

    especially in the headlines, both expected. (I enjoy the Register's headlines and humor. They can be too harsh, but I wouldn't change them.)

    “Bitcoin's real innovation is a globally verifiable proof publishing at a certain time. The whole system is built on that concept and many other systems can also be built on it." That quote is very much true, the blockchain is a mathematical concept with which any number of new things may be built, including a system for recording and resolving contracts. Forgive me I can't properly explain it, but if you do some research on the matter you'll find it so, and I'm sure the Bitcoin evangelists will be along shortly. Bitcoin already offers provable gambling, again look it up. Admittedly I didn't work the numbers out myself, but everything felt right.

    Bitcoin is worth getting excited about because of the differences and possibilities, but in the end it's one more thing, not the thing.

  2. Charles Manning

    Vitamin D

    Required for healthy brain function.

    Assange is desperate to get himself relevant. Even jumping in the sack with Dotcom.

  3. Vociferous

    The world's most famous albino psychopath says dumb sh!t.

    More news at ten.

  4. PCS

    Ladies and gentlemen. The ego has landed.

  5. Otto is a bear.

    I predict the second comming

    In other news, Julian Assange has been reborn, sadly he is still Julian Assange.

  6. jrog

    The Register really needs to tone down its anti-Assange bias. A five-second Google search would bring up many results of the exact quote Assange mentioned.

    1. gazthejourno (Written by Reg staff)

      And your point, because I'm sure you have one?

    2. wikkity

      RE: tone down its anti-Assange bias

      Personally, I'd like to see it toned up to 11.

  7. Uffish

    Book promotion...

    .. is usually part of the book contract; he's got to say something that will get him headlines - and it worked!

    Good for Assange, he probably wanted to make a bit of money so he wrote a book and got it published. George W. Bush and many other slightly less than perfect people have done the same thing.

    1. ElReg!comments!Pierre

      Re: Book promotion...

      True except for the bit about Bush. I'm pretty sure he never wrote a book. Proof: the book is not written upside down

  8. Winkypop Silver badge

    Sorry, you lost me at....

    "Julian Assange has alleged..."

    1. OffBeatMammal

      Re: Sorry, you lost me at....

      they lost me at "Julian Assange..."

  9. Old Handle
    Paris Hilton

    I thought this was well known. I knew it anyway. I'm sure you could have simply got in touch with the Bitcoin Foundation to verify it rather than using this strange "allegation" phrasing.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I don't see why there's much of a reason to question the rationale. The reasoning seems sound and logical, given the context. I probably would have made the same call.

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