Hm, WIRED, this is huge.
and Dan Kaminsky is sitting on the comments:
seems he know who Satoshi is .
I'm siding with Dan Kaminsky. There's little question that Nakamoto is not from Japan, and is not one person. Someone put this thing together and made a killing - probably far more than they had hoped.
However, unlike real Ponzi schemes, Bitcoin actually does useful things - for folks who need to move money around surreptitiously. I think it has a modest future in the medium term as a way of paying people in developing countries for out-sourcing work, where banking systems are not necessarily well established for low cost international payments.
Thus the only "fall" has been the fall of the USD-BTC exchange rate. And that doesn't matter much if your only concern is paying a Chinese developer to craft you up a new WordPress theme.