Tech mogul John McAfee is famed for firing guns, guzzling drugs, fleeing a murder charge and trying to have sex with a whale.

But could he soon go down in history as the man who finally exposed the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, inventor of Bitcoin?

The wild man of the tech industry has threatened to unmask the cryptocurrency’s shadowy creator, vowing to tell the world exactly who is behind Bitcoin unless they voluntarily out themselves.

In a series of tweets, British-born renegade McAfee claimed one person who is currently living in the US wrote the white paper which set out the cryptocurrency’s rules, but a team then built and developed it.

John McAfee founded an eponymous anti-virus company before embarking on a colourful life which saw him become an international fugitive (Photo: AFP)

McAfee said that everybody on this team was from India.

The identity of Satoshi has remained a mystery for more than a decade. The person, or people, who use the pseudonym are thought to be sitting on a cryptocurrency stash worth billions of pounds.

McAfee wrote: ‘The “Who is Satoshi?” mystery must end!

‘First: It is NOT the CIA nor any agency of any world government. It IS a collection of people, but the white paper was written by one man, who currently resides in the US.

McAfee is a cryptocurrency analyst and investor (Image: Getty)

‘If he does not come forward these narrowings will continue.’

He added: ‘I protected the identity of Satoshi. It’s time, though, that this be put to bed. Imposters claim to be him, we are spending time and energy in search of him – It’s a waste. Every day I will narrow down the identity of Satoshi until he reveals himself, or I reveal him.’

For a sense of McAfee’s colourful life, you just have to look at his Twitter feed. We’ve put a few of our favourites below, which shows the tech legend discussing an abortive attempt to have sex with a whale as well as his love of sex, guns, drink and drugs.

McAfee was a programmer at Nasa in the late 1960’s before launching his anti-virus company in the 1980s and going on to sell it for roughly $100million, reportedly spending his fortune on nine luxurious homes, multiple planes, vintage cars, expensive art and even a dinosaur skull.

But in 2009 he allegedly lost money in the financial crisis before moving to Belize, where he lived surrounded by young women and protected by armed bodyguards.

His home was raided in 2012 by the Belize Police Gang Suppression Unit because he was suspected of cooking meth, but no drugs were found and he was never charged.

McAfee believes the raid was part of a conspiracy theory to ‘destroy him,’ because he refused to be extorted by the Belize government.

He went on to become an international fugitive in 2012, fleeing from Belize police over the murder of his neighbour.

Four years later he ran for President of the United States as a representative for the Libertarian party – and achieved its best ever result.





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