John McAfee is dead, apparently.
You can believe he was 75 with a history of hard drug use that caught up to him, or you can believe what he himself said was going to happen – that he’d be killed by the deep state.
Antivirus creator John McAfee published this video in July 2020, calling out the so-called "deep state" in the US. A week later an arrest warrant was issued and he got arrested in Spain. Less than a year later he’s found dead in a prison cell.
When does a bird sing ? pic.twitter.com/7LB3kn5VDD
— 404_Not_Found (@4_04_Not_Found) June 23, 2021
It doesn’t matter which you believe, because you’re not going to find out either way.
It’s a Schrödinger’s McAfee.
John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus software, has been found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, a government official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Authorities said the cause of death was being investigated.
Hours earlier, a Spanish court issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the 75-year-old tycoon’s extradition to the United States to face tax-related criminal charges that could carry decades in prison.
Security personnel at the Brians 2 penitentiary near the northeastern Spanish city tried to revive him, but the jail’s medical team finally certified his death, a statement from the regional Catalan government said.
“A judicial delegation has arrived to investigate the causes of death,” the statement said, adding that “Everything points to death by suicide.”
The statement didn’t identify McAfee by name, but said he was a 75-year-old U.S. citizen awaiting extradition to his country. A Catalan government source familiar with the event who was not authorized to be named in media reports confirmed to the AP that the dead man was McAfee.
Spain’s National Court on Monday ruled in favor of extraditing McAfee, who had argued in a hearing earlier this month that the charges against him by prosecutors in Tenessee were politically motivated and that he would spend the rest of his life in prison if he was returned to the U.S.
The court’s ruling was made public on Wednesday and was open for appeal. Any final extradition order would also need to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.
The entrepreneur was arrested last October at Barcelona’s international airport. A judge ordered at that time that McAfee should be held in jail while awaiting the outcome of a hearing on extradition.
Something happening hours before his death definitely is a check in the “not natural” side.
It should be noted that he claimed he would never kill himself. He tweeted that just after his arrest in 2020.
I am content in here. I have friends.
The food is good. All is well.
Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 15, 2020
He actually went so far as to get a tattoo saying he would never kill himself.
That said – no one wants to be extradited to the United States, because they will torture you. Torture sucks for a young man, but for an old man, torture is kind of pointless. If you’ve only got a few years of natural life left, why would you want to be tortured?
Furthermore – he did a few photo-ops that don’t help the “I would never kill myself” claims.
He was facing dumb fake tax charges, which were his own fault. He wasn’t even living in the country and wouldn’t really have had to pay taxes, but he refused to file tax returns.
He was slightly nuts, which is why he didn’t just hire someone to fix his taxes for him.
John recently made headlines when he said he didn’t have any more money. He also made some cryptic statements about the bullshit American democracy hoax.
The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association.
I have nothing.
Yet, I regret nothing.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 16, 2021
In a democracy, power is given not taken.
But it is still power.
Love, compassion, caring have no use for it. But it is fuel for greed, hostility, jealousy…
All power corrupts.
Take care which powers you allow a democracy to wield.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 18, 2021
These other recent tweets are also possibly relevant.
I discussed in my last tech tweet https://t.co/VxlUMZn2db how foreign agents using social engineering can be inserted into operating systems departments as software engineers.
Far more important is placing development managers into such departments. Here's how its done: pic.twitter.com/y84j6P8H2q
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 9, 2021
The thing is: I don’t think he really knew anything that anyone would be afraid of.
He also pretty much definitely murdered his neighbor in Belize a few years ago, which would mean that even if he wiggled out of tax charges, he was going to be in prison forever. US prosecutors would just dig up the murder charges and get him with that.
I don’t want to just blame Donald Trump for everything, because he obviously can’t defend himself. But I do wonder why John thought it was a good idea to get on a plane to Spain, when he had a boat. It seems likely that he made that decision based on the fact that he assumed Donald Trump wasn’t looking for him.
Getting on a plane in any country, let alone a NATO country, when you know you’ve got a US warrant is about the single dumbest thing a person can do.
Anyway, it’s a sad thing. John was truly an original.
In a less shitty world, he would have led a much better life.
Rest in peace, John.