Reading through Le Roux's life on wikipedia, it seems highly unlikely he could have led the quiet and patient life needed to produce the Bitcoin software around the time it was created. This is not the sort of things you can do as a side project, all the while coordinating drug traffic and thug mobs across the world.
However, unfortunately for Wright, all of Le Roux’s coins are locked away in secure TrueCrypt volumes (the cryptography encryption software suspected to be developed by Le Roux). Wright has spent years trying to crack these hard drives but with no success, which is why he has yet to prove he is Satoshi.
Adding to the conspiracy theory, Wright’s close friend, Calvin Ayre, has set up warehouses of computers to try and crack the encrypted hard drives code, disguising them as a cryptocurrency mining farm. Meaning his mining activity is simply a front to make these massive data centers look legitimate.
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It’s virtually impossible that Paul “Solotshi” Calder Le Roux invented, developed and grew Bitcoin in 2008-2010 while simultaneously expanding his cartel business across multiple continents and multiple illicit industries from arms dealing to drug trafficking.
The circumstantial evidence tying Le Roux to the invention of Bitcoin is weaker than the evidence for either David Kleiman or even Craig Wright.
Here’s a point-by-point debunking:
“Solotshi” seems similar to “Satoshi” only to Westerners without a knowledge of Japanese. Satoshi is a common name in Japan meaning wise or intelligent. “Solotshi” means nothing in Japanese.
Le Roux began illegal ventures in 2007 and expanded them over the following 5 years until his arrest in 2012, meaning he was preoccupied with managing his cartel business precisely when the real Nakamoto would have been working tirelessly to invent, develop and scale Bitcoin.
Le Roux was apprehended in 2012 but Satoshi Nakamoto disappeared in 2010 - close but not close enough. If Le Roux really developed Bitcoin, he likely would have immediately integrated it into his own businesses and begun moving his holdings to privately transact.
Le Roux’s experience in encryption is not unique. He was one of thousands of developers that built hundreds of encryption programs in the decades before the Bitcoin whitepaper.
His writing and syntax is not unique - He and Nakamoto both use British English variations like colour and analyse, as do hundreds of millions of other English speakers.
Given the obvious overlap between virtual currencies and online poker chips, Nakamoto’s use of a poker client to demonstrate a Bitcoin use case shouldn’t be surprising. This doesn’t suggest Nakamoto had any particular affinity for online gambling. Similarly, Le Roux’s involvement in online gambling isn’t a unique attribute.
Hindsight is always 20/20
At one point, even Gavin Andresen, head of the Bitcoin foundation, blogged that he was “convinced beyond any reasonable doubt” that Craig Wright was Satoshi Nakamoto. Gavin was the foremost developer of Bitcoin and had more direct contact with the real Satoshi than almost anyone. He was still duped.
Agreed. And those names are only similar to Westerners with no knowledge of Japanese. Satoshi is a common Japanese name. Solotshi is not Japanese at all but has the common -shi suffix (e.g. Hiroshi).
A Westerner wouldn’t say that the name “Bradley” has much in common with the word “Broadly”.