Resurfacing of the NSA Bitcoin Theory
Bitcoin advocate Nic Carter has reaffirmed his belief in the theory suggesting that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) played a role in the creation of Bitcoin. This long-debated theory has resurfaced once again, gaining attention on social media.
The theory that the NSA might have been involved in the development of Bitcoin is not new. It has circulated for decades but still sparks curiosity and debate within the cryptocurrency community.
An Intriguing 1996 Paper
The discussion was recently reignited when Daniel Roberts, co-founder of Iris Energy, shared screenshots of a 1996 paper titled "How to make a mint: The cryptography of anonymous electronic cash." Notably, the paper discussed a system similar to Bitcoin, and its footer revealed that it was prepared by NSA employees.
The Bitcoin Lab Leak Hypothesis
Nic Carter expressed his support for what he calls the "Bitcoin lab leak hypothesis." According to this theory, Bitcoin was originally an internal R&D project at the NSA. Carter believes that one of the researchers decided to release the code secretly because they considered it too valuable to remain unused.
Carter points to various pieces of circumstantial evidence that he believes support this theory. However, he clarifies that this doesn't necessarily mean the U.S. government controls all of Satoshi's coins, another theory that often accompanies the Bitcoin/NSA conspiracy theory.
A Mysterious Connection
Some observers have noted that one of the cryptography academics listed in the 1996 paper, Tatsuaki Okamoto, has a name that sounds similar to Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator. Carter acknowledges this coincidence but doesn't consider it a critical part of the theory.