During the last 13 years, a great number of individuals have claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin, but no single person has been able to prove this to the greater crypto community. At the end of August 2019, a marketing and public relations (PR) agency published a press release that featured a man from Pakistan who claimed he invented Bitcoin. While the Pakistani Bilal Khalid provided no proof, the public relations agency’s founder recently published a book called “Finding Satoshi: The Real Story Behind Mysterious Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto.”
Public Relations Agency’s Founder Ivy Mclemore Publishes a Book Called ‘Finding Satoshi’
Almost three years ago in August 2019, the cryptocurrency community was introduced to a man named Bilal Khalid and a PR agency called Ivy McLemore & Associates. The Pakistani Bilal Khalid is also referred to as James Caan or James Bilal Caan. At the time in 2019, Khalid released a three-part blog post on the web portal satoshinrh.com called “My Reveal.” In part one, Khalid claims to share “unknown facts about the creation of Bitcoin,” and some of the “developments” that led to his departure. Khalid’s reveal was bolstered by the PR agency Ivy McLemore & Associates as the firm tweeted about the event and contacted news teams with the information.
In part two, Khalid, who claims he invented Bitcoin, shares information about the Chaldean numerology that influenced his decisions during the purported creation of the software. Part two also reveals details about the alleged BTC Satoshi Nakamoto mined, and Khalid claims to “reveal all facts related to my 980,000 bitcoins.” In part three, Khalid reveals his true identity and he explains that all the coins he mined were on one computer. Allegedly, Khalid’s computer was a Fujitsu laptop that had “military-grade encryption.”
An account of the story published in November 2019 says that one evening, the self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor says he turned on the Fujitsu laptop that ostensibly contained 980K BTC, and all it would show was a blank screen. He didn’t think it was a hard drive issue so he decided to send the laptop to a repair center to get fixed, and he also left specific instructions that said: “Don’t touch the hard drive.” The repair firm explained to Khalid that the hard drive was the issue and that the hardware was “totally dead.”
Following the press releases and tweets published by Ivy McLemore, the aforementioned account of the story published in November 2019 was the public relations agency’s last tweet up until June 1, 2022. The tweet’s subject Ivy McLemore published this year has to do with sports, and has nothing to do with Khalid’s story. However, this month Ivy McLemore, the founder of the marketing and public relations agency, published a book called “Finding Satoshi: The Real Story Behind Mysterious Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto.” The book’s Amazon description does not mention Khalid by name but states:
The book gives readers the unique opportunity to join a reporter on the search of a lifetime for the creator of the world’s best-performing investment. It looks at 40 candidates and leads to a little-known, under-the-radar suspect with stunning, previously untold secrets only Bitcoin’s creator could know.
Book Description Claims ‘Finding Satoshi’ Gives Readers 42 Specific Points to Ponder
According to the Amazon book description, readers will learn “why he left encryptions in names, dates, and other Bitcoin milestones,” and “his ethnic background and country of residence.” The book description further claims to detail “why his bitcoins once worth $68 billion haven’t moved” and “why he waited eight years to tell his wife he’s Satoshi.” Ivy McLemore’s story says “Nakamoto is invaluable to society because of the specialized knowledge he could share with future generations.” The “Finding Satoshi” book description adds:
Regardless what you believe about Satoshi’s real-life identity, Finding Satoshi gives readers 42 specific points to ponder.
Over the years, there’s been many claimants that have said they are Satoshi Nakamoto, but in more recent times claims like these have subsided. Prior to 2020, individuals like the Hawaiian Nakamoto, Phil Wilson ‘Scronty,’ Debo Jurgen Etienne Guido, and Jörg Molt have all claimed to be Bitcoin’s inventor. No one has heard from the Hawaiian Nakamoto, both Scronty and Debo continued to tweet about Bitcoin’s origins, and Jörg Molt was recently arrested for an alleged crypto pension fraud. Moreover, until recently, most of the crypto community forgot about Khalid’s story, after he was unable to provide any legitimate proof backing his claims.
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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.
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