Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? The identity of this individual, or group of individuals, may be the question of the century. This elusive character has developed the world's first successful cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Nakamoto managed to remain anonymous, despite the enormous efforts of both private and government organizations. As you are about to learn, high-level government agencies around the world have been involved in the quest for the mysterious Bitcoin creator. Take a second to look at some of the government techniques and programs focused on unmasking this financial genius.
A recent investigative report by Motherboard Daniel Oberhaus highlights the extent of these Nakamoto-based government programs. In his January report, the investigator filed a Freedom of Information Act request to both the CIA and the FBI. In his petition, he asks the agencies if they know the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto and if not, what programs exist about this task.
It is interesting to note that the CIA has returned the request with what is known as Glomar's response in which the agency is limited a "We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the requested documents". The CIA often uses Glomar's response to describe operations that are at the highest national security level.
Why the Government of the States Are you worried about Satoshi Nakamoto?
There are many reasons why the US government would try to track down Nakamoto. For one, Nakamoto reportedly owns over one million Bitcoins. With Bitcoin reaching a record of around $ 20,000 in 2017, the elusive creator is sitting on a healthy cryptic fortune. As a result, global government interest in Nakamoto has increased significantly.
The Obama administration investigates
Now it seems that the Obama administration has concerns about Nakamoto's true intentions. Bitcoin has recorded record growth during the Obama administration. This growth has led government experts to conclude that the Bitcoin armament could wreak havoc on US control over the global economy, allowing countries to circumvent the US dollar altogether. These concerns also fueled the fear that the creator of Bitcoin resided in a hostile nation like China or North Korea.
At least in one part, the government's concerns have come to fruition, albeit without the use of Bitcoin. Venezuela has launched a national cryptocurrency in 2017 known as Petro. This maneuver was made to combat the increase in inflation due to the overwhelming economic sanctions that the United States imposed on the country. Russia, another country facing US sanctions, has announced plans to also develop a national cryptocurrency in the coming months called Crypto Ruble.
A blogger named Alexander Muse has published some interesting results that seem to suggest that the National Security Agency (NSA) may know who the real Satoshi Nakamoto is. According to Muse sources, the agency used advanced writing technology to track down the elusive Bitcoin creator.
In a series of blog posts, Muse describes how the NSA used a technique known as stylometry. Stethoscopy examines a person's writing style to identify familiar terminology and sentence structure. Everyone writes in a particular way, even Nakamoto. Nakamoto has left a trail of posts and blogs regarding Bitcoin in his early days. Now it seems that these breadcrumbs could have led to his discovery.
Government Programs: PRISM
Muse now believes that the NSA has been able to take these early writings and compare them with trillions of other online posts. In his report, he states that the NSA has collected all the early writings of Nakamoto and sent them through two major government spying programs. First of all, the NSA used the PRISM protocol. PRISM is what federal agents use to go through Google and Yahoo accounts. The program guarantees these organizations the ability to view all information sent through the platforms. It has been approved at federal level and supported by jurisprudence.
This secret program came to light thanks to the efforts of an infamous informant now infected Edward Snowden . The Washington Post was the first news agency to interrupt the history of PRISM along with many other tempting domestic espionage programs.
Government programs: MUSCOLARE
After performing the work of Nakamoto through PRISM, Muse believes that the NSA has used their secrets  MUSCULAR Program to finalize the research. MUSCULAR allows the NSA to copy any data sent via the fiber optic cables of the nation. The investigative blogger cites an anonymous source that confirmed that the whole process took less than a month.
Of course, Muse's story does not reveal who Satoshi Nakamoto is. Explain that his source confirms that the NSA and the CIA know the true identity of Nakamoto but do not release information to the public. It could be years before any of this information becomes available to the public. Currently, the CIA and the NSA declassify documents to the public after ten years if requested. The CIA automatically releases reports after twenty-five years.
Ok, So Who Is Satoshi?
As you can imagine, Muse's investigative efforts combined with Glomar's response received from Daniel Oberhaus, have helped make believe that, perhaps, the US government knows who could be the creator of Bitcoin. If these organizations are aware of this information, they are not revealing this fact to the public.
NSA results unclear
One might think that if the NSA concluded the research and discovered that the creator of Bitcoin came from a hostile country they would then pass that information to the powers that they are, but not to the public in general. At present, cryptocurrencies are growing in popularity in the United States and around the world with analysts predicting future growth for years to come. As the cryptography market expands, the curiosity surrounding the Bitcoin creator also increases. This growing curiosity has also led to a growing number of theories on the conspiracy of Bitcoin in the crypt space.