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Disputed 'Bitcoin Inventor' Was a Community Activist

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Only two days before Newsweek would publish a story alleging Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, 64, is the inventor of Internet currency Bitcoin, the Temple City, Calif. resident was fighting for better traffic control at a busy intersection in his town.

Nakamoto appeared at a city council meeting March 4 to ask for more stop signs to slow down traffic at the intersection of Longden Avenue and Encinita Avenue in Temple City, the Los Angeles Times reports. He can be seen around 21 minutes into this city council meeting:

Here's what he says in the meeting:

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“My name is Dorian Nakamoto, and I’ve been in residence with Temple City since 1967. I love this city very much. I often left the city for a while because of work situation. …My request today is to make the intersection of Longden and Encinita safe. I address this before on your previous meetings but felt like it fell on deaf ear.”

We’re betting Temple City never expected this meeting to be so heavily scrutinized.

Meanwhile, everyone is still trying to figure out if Nakamoto is indeed the inventor of Bitcoin, since he says that he’s not.