LA Sheriff backs Newsweek quotes of Nakamoto visit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies described in Newsweek's story about "the face behind Bitcoin" say the quotes attributed to Dorian Nakamoto and a deputy in the story are accurate.

L.A. County Sheriff's Department Captain Mike Parker says he talked with both deputies who responded to the Feb. 20, 2014, suspicious person call at Nakamoto's home in Temple City. Parker says the deputies spoke with Nakamoto and a woman who identified herself as Newsweek reporter Leah Goodman, and Nakamoto expressed reluctance to talk to her. The deputies were present for their brief conversation and then Nakamoto re-entered his home and Goodman left.

Nakamoto denies being the creator of bitcoin. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Newsweek reporter misunderstood him when he said in front of the officers, "I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it."

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