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Nakamoto hires lawyer in Newsweek bitcoin fight

Magazine's story that claims he created bitcoin


LOS ANGELES  — The man Newsweek claimed is the creator of bitcoin has hired a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name, repeating a denial he made to The Associated Press more than a week ago that he has never had anything to do with the digital currency.

In a statement issued by his lawyer, Ethan Kirschner, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto said today that he did not “create, invent or otherwise work on” bitcoin. In the magazine’s return to print after more than a year, Newsweek’s cover story declared Nakamoto the “face behind bitcoin.”

Nakamoto did not say whether he plans to file a lawsuit against the magazine.

Newsweek said in a statement that it had not received any statement from Nakamoto or his lawyer and would respond if and when it does.

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