Claims about Bitcoin mystique

Still, Bitcoin watchers said that the creator’s supposed anonymity had played a vital role in the growth of a virtual currency that has become a potent symbol for privacy advocates and critics of government power.

“Having this level of mystery allowed people to project their optimism and their hopes onto the currency,” said Richard Peterson, the chief executive of MarketPsych, a research company that has studied virtual currencies. “If it’s true and people start to believe it, it undermines that mystique.”

There is more here, and Timothy Lee adds relevant remarks.  And as you all probably know it remains uncertain whether the Newsweek story is to be trusted.


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