Is Roger Ver claiming he is Bitcoin’s founder Satoshi Nakamoto?

On June 27, 2018, the People’s Labour Party, a political party in Saint Kitts and Nevis led by the country’s prime minister Timothy Harris, posted the following on Twitter:

The first #Bitcoin ATM Machine in the Caribbean has just been installed in #StKitts. There will be 4 Machines across the island with the first one installed by Bitcoin Founder @rogerkver and associate Alex Lewis at the “The Mill” Cafe at the Oceans Edge Development in Frigate Bay

There are many inaccuracies with this tweet. The most egregious, however, is that Roger Ver convinced Saint KittsPeoples Labour Party that he is Bitcoin‘s Founder Satoshi Nakamoto.

In August 2017, Roger Ver performed a hard fork of Bitcoin (BTC) by copying all of its code and blockchain history to form his own separate, alternative, and centralized coin called Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

Bitcoin’s code is open source, so there’s nothing wrong with copying its code to make your own coin. But Ver has frequently made claims that his coin, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), is the real Bitcoin (BTC) when it is not.

It now appears that Ver’s ability to confuse people about who he is and the cryptocurreny he represents has escalated — for Roger Ver has convinced a small country’s political party that he is Bitcoin’s founder Satoshi Nakamoto.

While I cannot disprove that Roger Ver is not Satoshi Nakamoto, it is unlikely that he is.

What I can point out are some of the fallacies of the above tweet:

  • Bitcoin ATM (incorrect): What was deployed, as stated by Roger Ver in the video of him standing next to the ATM, was a Bitcoin Cash ATM. If the People’s Labour Party thinks that Saint Kitts received four Bitcoin ATMs; then they were conned by Roger Ver, who says on video that they are Bitcoin Cash ATMs.
  • First Bitcoin ATM in the Caribbean (incorrect): According to Coin ATM Radar, Bitcoin ATMs already exist in Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Dominica Republic, and Jamaica; all of which are Caribbean countries. This may be, however, the first Bitcoin Cash ATM in the Caribbean.
  • Bitcoin Founder Roger Ver (likely incorrect): It is unlikely that Roger Ver is Bitcoin’s founder Satoshi Nakamoto. If he isn’t, he shouldn’t be convincing political parties or anyone else that he is.

As for the People’s Labour Party and citizens of Saint Kitts, it appears they were tricked into thinking they were getting Bitcoin ATMs delivered to them personally by Bitcoin’s founder. Instead, they received four Bitcoin Cash ATMs delivered to them by Roger Ver, the founder of Bitcoin Cash (not Bitcoin).

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