In a new development, John Macafe’s twitter account, managed by the head of his presidential campaign Rob Benedict Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez stated that he has been placed under arrest. Ramirez stated that McAfee’s yacht was boarded by authorities and their cell phones were taken away. On July 19th McAfee had stated that the CIA was after him and he may have to go offline for several days.
(1/4) This is @loggiaonfire again. I have good reason to suspect that John McAfee, @theemrsmcafee and other companions have been detained by authorities at their latest port of call. I will be operating this account providing updates as they become possible.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 23, 2019
McAfee has fled the United States in early 2019 and he said the he was charged with tax evasion. He declared that he has paid no tax for the past eight years but the US Tax Administration has not confirmed these charges. Ramirez also stated that if McAfee missed his next check-in, individuals who are in possession of certain secret data will release the information. He was obviously referring to some compromising information on various authorities that McAfee referred to previously. In addition, he mentioned that this is not a publicity stunt and efforts are on to locate John and his companions.
McAfee has been running his libertarian presidential campaign from international waters during the past few months and has alleged that authorities “want to silence him.” On June 9th McAfee wrote from his yacht which he calls the “freedom boat,” that,” “I’ve collected files on corruption in governments. For the first time, I’m naming names and specifics…If I’m arrested or disappear, 31+ terrabytes of incriminating data will be released to the press.”
McAfee had always had concerns about his safety and this is not the first time had disappeared from Twitter. In June 2018 he vanished for a period and came back stating that he was under treatment at Vidant Medical Center in North Carolina after somebody tried to poison him.
John McAfee has been one of the most controversial public figures in the cyber world during the past years with an eventful career path. Starting as a door-to-door magazine salesman, he became the creator of one of the most popular anti-virus software and later became a crypto-analyst.
McAfee had a drinking problem since his college days and started experimenting with drugs in his later years. In the economic collapse of 2008 he lost almost the entire part of his fortune he had amassed from his antivirus company and moved to Belize. He came back to the US after being involved with a murder, got involved in the world of cryptocurrency and made the prediction of Bitcoin hitting $500,000 by 2020. He also alleged that the US government’s conspiracy to charge him with running a drug operation in Belize failed.
McAfee also stated recently that he was willing to work with the Cuban government as a crypto-advisor.