Australian says he’s founder of Bitcoin digital cash

LONDON (AP) – An Australian man long thought to be associated with the digital currency Bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator.

BBC News says Craig Wright told the media outlet he is the man previously known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The computer scientist, inventor and academic says he launched the currency in 2009 with the help of others.

His identity has been shrouded in uncertainty until now.

The BBC said Monday he had decided to make his identity known to stop the spread of “misinformation,” myths and fears about Bitcoin.

The BBC says that Wright supported his claim by signing digital messages using cryptographic keys used during the early days of Bitcoin. Wright also revealed his identity to the Economist and GQ.

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