Leah McGrath Goodman

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Leah McGrath Goodman
Occupation Journalist, author
Nationality American
Education St. Bonaventure University


Leah McGrath Goodman is an American author and freelance journalist who has worked in New York and London.[1][2]

Goodman graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelors degree in journalism and political science, and in 2010 was the recipient of a Scripps Howard Foundation fellowship in environmental journalism.[2] She has contributed to publications and agencies such as Fortune,[3] The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Portfolio, the Associated Press, Forbes and The Guardian.[2][4] In 2011, she published a first book The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World's Oil Market, about the global oil trading market.[5]


Jersey child abuse investigation[edit]

In 2012, UK politician John Hemming tabled an early day motion regarding the withdrawal of McGrath Goodman's UK visa, because she had been prevented from entering the UK after declaring her intentions to investigate allegations of a cover-up regarding the Jersey child abuse investigation, despite having a clean immigration and travel record.[6] In an interview with RT News, McGrath Goodman states that she is confused as to why she was not allowed entry into the UK and was therefore unable to catch a connecting flight into Jersey. In 2013, Goodman's ban was lifted and a new visa granted after a campaign by British politicians and journalists. A major new inquiry into the abuse scandal led by a senior UK judge was also announced.[7]

2014 Bitcoin article[edit]

In a March 2014 Newsweek magazine article, Goodman published what she asserted to be the identity and location of Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin.[8] Writing in Forbes magazine, Andy Greenberg wrote that "Criticism of Newsweek’s article, which describes a silent standoff as reporter Leah McGrath Goodman’s stood at the end of Nakamoto’s driveway and was questioned by police, focused in particular on Goodman’s decision to name Nakamoto’s family members and to publish a picture of his house."[9] Several hours later, Nakamoto's P2P Foundation account posted a message stating he was not the person in Newsweek's article.[10][11][12] The article has generated controversy for perceived flaws in its methodology and conclusion.[13]



  1. ^ "Early day motion 504 - LEAH McGRATH GOODMAN - UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "Scripps Howard Foundation: Programs and Projects". Scripps.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  3. ^ "MF Global: The mess that keeps getting messier - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blog Term Sheet". Finance.fortune.cnn.com. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Leah McGrath Goodman". Huffingtonpost.com. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  5. ^ "BusinessWeek review, February 17, 2011". Businessweek.com. 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Early day motion 504 - LEAH McGRATH GOODMAN - UK Parliament". Parliament.uk. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  7. ^ Leah McGrath Goodman (2013-07-18). "When Journalism Works". Leahmcgrathgoodman.com. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  8. ^ Leah McGrath Goodman (6 March 2014). "The Face Behind Bitcoin". Newsweek. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bitcoin Community Responds To Satoshi Nakamoto's Outing With Disbelief, Anger, Fascination". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Bitcoin open source implementation of P2P currency". 2014-03-07. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  11. ^ "'Real' bitcoin creator: 'I am not Dorian Nakamoto'". CNBC. 
  12. ^ "Bitcoin Creator Returns To Internet To Say, 'I Am Not Dorian Nakamoto'". Forbes. 
  13. ^ "The Satoshi Paradox". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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