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"If you send by IP, the recipient sees you because you connect to their IP. You could use TOR to mask that."
- Satoshi Nakamoto post February 06, 2010
2011 and 2014 are important times in the "Satoshi Nakamoto is a time traveler" hypothesis. The next post deals with the 2014 aspect. In 2011 Satoshi Nakamoto "retired" from the bitcoin project but "returned" for a short time in 2014 only to disappear again.
My working idea currently on why Satoshi Nakamoto disappeared in 2011 deals with what is known as the "Hawthorne effect" in psychology. Basically, when individuals are aware they are being observed they modify their behavior.
If Satoshi Nakamoto is from the future then he would have known about Edward Snowden and NSA spying back in 2009 when he introduced bitcoin. Being from the future Satoshi Nakamoto would have had access to documents declassified in the late 21st century or simply watched documentaries to know how the NSA spied on the entire planet and what future technologies would have evaded the global dragnet.
However, time is not always on the side of a time traveler. By 2011 bitcoin was really beginning to become mainstream. Even with the benefit of having gathered information on how the NSA spies from future resources people on the internet would start to gather more and more clues to Satoshi Nakamoto's identity. As a libertarian Satoshi Nakamoto values his privacy and as a time traveler Satoshi Nakamoto knew too much about the future to risk being caught.
Think of it this way. In 2017 it is perfectly legal in America to go to Wikipedia and read about Operation Menu. However, after that if you go back in time to watch the Apollo 11 moon landing you suddenly become a threat to national security simply talking about Operation Menu to the american citizens of 1969. Knowledge is power; anachronistic knowledge about things yet to be is Promethean.