A theory published last month attempts to tie the now deceased Cypherpunk Len Sassaman to the creation of the world’s first cryptocurrency. On February 21, a writer, Leung, published an in-depth study that examines the possibility that Sassaman was Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.
Coincidentally, two months before Sassaman’s death, Nakamoto left the crypto community saying he probably won’t be around in the future.
Who is Len Sassaman?
Sassaman (1980–2011) was an early cipher and an advocate for privacy. According to his wife, he committed suicide on July 3, 2011. That year, Black Hat Briefings revealed that a tribute to Sassaman was built into the BTC blockchain.
Leung explains how the obituary relates to the BTC network.
“An obituary is built into every node in the Bitcoin network,” Leung wrote. “This is a memorial to Len Sassaman, a man essentially immortalized in the blockchain itself. A fitting tribute in more than one way.”
According to an article on Bitcoin.comLeung’s first circumstantial evidence is the fact that Nakamoto left the Bitcoin project and left the community two months before Sassaman passed away. Leung added that he was initially hesitant to speculate on Satoshi’s identity, but one of Craig Wright’s claims made him believe the topic was important.
“ Subject revisited ” after a fraudulent claim
“As Craig Wright fraudulently claims credit and invokes a copyright claim to remove the Bitcoin whitepaper,” Leung wrote, “it’s important that we revisit the topic and refocus the discussion around the cypherpunks that have actually built Bitcoin. “
Bitcoin.com quotes the study as saying that by the time Sassaman was 22, he already had the crypto expertise to build the very foundations of Bitcoin. Another interesting fact about Sassaman is that he worked with the popular Satoshi-suspect and now deceased Hal Finney.
Leung said that Sassaman and Finney have one thing in common: the development of anonymous messaging technology. Sassaman was primarily responsible for the anonymous Mixmaster remailer code and the Randseed remailer.
According to Bitcoin.com, an anonymous remailer is similar to a Bitcoin node in that it accepts messages and instructions on how to accept, store, and send them without revealing the point of origin. The Bitcoin blockchain, however, treats these actions pseudo-anonymously, making a BTC user as transparent or anonymous as they want.
The author added: The architecture of Bitcoin is very similar to that of remailers.
Leung also shows evidence of Sassaman’s collaboration with Blockstream CEO Adam Back when he cited him as a contributor to a research paper and in a Mixmaster memo, says Bitcoin.com.
Back was also a suspect in the Satoshi mystery, when a YouTube channel “Barely Social” posted a video titled “Unmasking Satoshi Nakamoto” on May 11, 2020. Leung’s report notes, at one point, that Back ” suggested that Satoshi could have been a remailer developer. ”
“Unlike many of the cypherpunks discussed, we know that Len made many pseudonymous contributions to the cypherpunk mailing list via remailers,” Leung insisted.
Perhaps Satoshi is an American scholar who writes in British English?
The study published on February 21 also details how Sassaman became a researcher and earned a doctorate. candidate for the Research Group on Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC). Leung notes: “Len’s doctoral advisor at COSIC was none other than the ‘father of digital currency’ David Chaum.”
Leung also mentions Sassaman’s relationship with Bittorrent creator Bram Cohen – they worked together on a project called Pynchon Gate.
Meanwhile, during the period (2008-2010), BTC was under development and start-up, Leung’s report notes that a few people assumed that Nakamoto was an academic like Sassaman during those years. “I think he’s an academic, maybe a post-doc, maybe a professor who just doesn’t want the attention,” Bitcoin developer Gavin Andresen said at one point.
“Satoshi’s contributions and comments to the code intensified during the summer and winter holidays,” Leung said.
Moreover, since Sassaman was located in Belgium during the development of Bitcoin, this also coincides with the opinion that Satoshi was in Europe to develop Bitcoin. Recent studies suggest that Satoshi created the project in London, writes Bitcoin.com.
“Strangely enough, Len used the same British English as Satoshi even though he was American,” Leung detailed. “Since COSIC was based in Leuven, Len lived in Belgium during the development of Bitcoin. This is salient given that a number of facts suggest that Satoshi was based in Europe,” the study explains.
Bitcoin.com, however, notes that Leung’s report, like other suspects and investigations, lacks real, tangible evidence that could lead people to identify Sassaman as Nakamoto.