John McAfee, the eccentric British-American cryptocurrency evangelist and computer programmer that founded McAfee Associates, one of the earliest software firms in the world, has suspended his plans of unmasking the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, reports Bloomberg on April 23, 2019.
Per sources close to the development, John McAfee, the crypto big whale who used to promote initial coin offering (ICO) projects via his official Twitter handle for a fee of $100,000 per tweet, has suspended his plans of revealing the real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto to the the public, claiming the move could hurt his entire struggle against an impending extradition to the United States from his current hide out in the Bahamas.
For those unaware, earlier in January 2019, McAfee announced he had fled the United States due to tax fraud charges by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The 2020 U.S. presidential “aspirant” also claimed he was charged for using bitcoin and altcoins to facilitate his criminal activities by a Tennessee court.
According to Bloomberg, McAfee who previously pledged to expose Satoshi Nakamoto within just one week has revealed via a phone interview from the Bahamas that he had spoken with the real Satoshi and “he is not a happy camper about my attempt to oust him.”
While the identity of Satoshi remains a mystery to date, with several “faketoshis” claiming to be the almighty creator of bitcoin, McAfee has made it clear that being one of the best technologists on earth makes unraveling the mysteries behind Satoshi Nakamoto quite an easy task for him.
However, McAfee has claimed that his extradition lawyer has advised him to desist from making such a move, as it would be detrimental to his well being, since it could potentially make him the target of lawsuits, forcing him to defend himself “on many fronts.”
Interestingly, McAfee took to his official Twitter handle to post a letter from his lawyer, in a bid to back his claims up.
“The U.S. extradition request to the Bahamas is imminent. I met with Mario Gray, my extradition lawyer, and it is now clear that releasing the identity of Satoshi at this time could influence the trial and risk my extradition. I cannot risk that. I’ll wait,” McAfee tweeted.