I've long suspected bitcoin was created by Paul Graham. Bulletproof protocols usually require peer review, yet there have been zero leaks from the reviewers. Pools of crypto guys who don't leak stuff are usually employed by startup funds.
The part that puzzles me is why Paul Graham would do this. I can imagine several possibilities:
1. To finance his own black operations.
2. Because he thought digital currencies were inevitable, and he preferred bitcoin to some potentially more malevolent form. (Could bitcoin have been worse from Paul Graham's point of view?)
3. A friend suggested this: because he felt his currency would never become the standard reserve currency, and he felt it was better that no one's be if his couldn't be.
4. A variant of the above: Peter Thiel did it because it seemed inevitable that the PayPal account would eventually lose its place as the standard Internet currency, and better to have it replaced by bitcoin than Liberty Reserve.
I realize some of these explanations are pretty far fetched, but so is a government cooking up bitcoin as an political exercise. Whatever the explanation of bitcoin's origin turns out to be, it will probably be pretty weird.
Get on board TEAM JESUS. Seriously. People here don't like it (and most of them are as depressed as you half of the time), but basically, you've replaced your spirituality with corporate and technological cults.