Satoshi Nakamoto Knew About Bitcoin’s “Dirty” Secret

Early Bitcoin emails reveal Nakamoto’s foresight on energy, legal risks and wider vision beyond a currency.

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  • Despite anticipating concerns, Nakamoto believed Bitcoin’s efficiency would outweigh traditional finance.
  • Emails have suggested a wider vision for Bitcoin, hinting at potential non-monetary applications.
  • Nakamoto had feared that framing Bitcoin as an investment could attract unwanted attention.

Newly released emails from the early days of Bitcoin offer a glimpse into the mind of its enigmatic creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. These messages, published by Martii Malmi, a key figure in Bitcoin’s development, shed light on Nakamoto’s foresight regarding the cryptocurrency’s potential energy demands and his wariness of legal scrutiny.

Satoshi Nakamoto’s Vision

The emails, dating back to 2009, were released during an ongoing lawsuit against Craig Wright, who claims to be Nakamoto. While the case’s legitimacy remains debated, the emails offer valuable insights into the early design choices and challenges Bitcoin faces.


One key takeaway is Nakamoto’s awareness of the energy consumption inherent in Bitcoin’s Proof of Work (PoW) consensus mechanism. PoW, essential for network security and preventing double-spending, requires significant computing power, raising concerns about its environmental impact.

While acknowledging these concerns, Nakamoto argued that the inefficiencies of traditional banking systems would dwarf Bitcoin’s energy consumption. He envisioned Bitcoin replacing the “billions of dollars in banking fees” and resource-intensive infrastructure with a more efficient system.

Interestingly, the emails also reveal Nakamoto’s broader vision for Bitcoin beyond just a financial instrument. He saw it as a “distributed secure time information provider,” capable of timestamping any information with a few lines of code. This suggests he envisioned potential applications beyond purely monetary uses.

Satoshi Nakamoto’s Secret Fear

Another intriguing aspect is Nakamoto’s caution regarding legal scrutiny. He expressed concern that framing Bitcoin as an investment product could attract unwanted attention from authorities. He advocated against explicitly presenting it as such, suggesting a focus on its underlying technology and functionalities.


These newly revealed emails provide a fascinating window into Satoshi Nakamoto’s thinking and the early days of Bitcoin. They highlight the complex considerations and challenges faced in creating a decentralized, secure, and sustainable digital currency. 

On the Flipside

  • While the emails offer valuable insights, they represent only Nakamoto’s perspective during a specific timeframe.
  • Nakamoto’s concerns about legal scrutiny were valid in 2009, but the regulatory landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies has significantly evolved.

Why This Matters

While the debate surrounding PoW’s energy consumption and legal implications continues, these emails offer valuable historical context and insight into the ongoing evolution of Bitcoin and its impact on the world.

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.