Once again, the old theory about Bitcoin creators was unearthed, this time by Iris Energy co-founders Daniel Roberts and Nic Carter. According to the conspiracy theory, the United States National Security Agency (NSA) is the original inventor of Bitcoin.
By pointing out a more than two-decade-old paper published in 1996, Daniel Roberts indicated a possible connection between NSA in Bitcoin creation.
The research paper entitled “HOW TO MAKE A MINT: THE CRYPTOGRAPHY OF ANONYMOUS ELECTRONIC CASH” was prepared by NSA employees. It also referred to the name of Tatsuaki Okamoto, who is a cryptography expert and contributed to the development of the Okamoto–Uchiyama public key cryptosystem in 1998.
The paper explains electronic cash or electronic money similar to Bitcoin. It also explains public-key cryptography that enables the user to transact anonymously without revealing their true identity.
After the paper surfaced on X, Nic Carter, a partner at Castle Island Ventures, came forward on September 21 to support this hypothesis. He said, “I actually do believe this. I call it the bitcoin lab leak hypothesis. I think it was a shuttered internal R&D project which one researcher thought was too good to lay fallow on the shelf and chose to secretly release.”
However, he refuted the claim that the United States government is secretly controlling Bitcoins. He said, “In my version of this made up idea, the researcher did it without permission of the NSA, and chose to leave the coins behind so as to preserve his anonymity.”
He further added: “There’s a ton of other circumstantial evidence which supports this.”