At least McAfee has a fun time, which is more than anyone can say for most of us these days.
TECH millionaire John McAfee has admitted claims he was arrested in Norway for wearing a thong instead of a coronavirus mask were a hoax.
Tweeting on Monday, McAfee, known for developing the first commercial antivirus software, said he had been detained after refusing to remove the underwear for his “health’s sake”.
Photos later showed him wearing a thong on his face and talking to a police officer in what appeared to be an airport terminal.
“My Coronavirus mask is the problem,” he wrote.
“I am insisting it is the safest available and I’m refusing to wear anything else — for my health’s sake. Authority!?!?!?!?”
His thong mask:
It doesn't recycle his exhaled carbon dioxide, like over the ear masks.
(Breathing impaired people are exempt from wearing masks because masks impair respiration).
Masks stop bacteria. Not viruses people!
He was arrested for what he believes.
Thank you my love. pic.twitter.com/Vm7ZjyR6bz
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) August 10, 2020
But he has now said the photos were in fact taken in Germany, where local police have said he was never arrested.
Taking to twitter today, McAfee wrote: “Though the police uniforms in the photos clearly showed “Polizei” (German, not Norwegian – therefore Germany, Switzerland, Bavaria or Austria), many news outlets reported “Norway” as the location of my arrest.
“Just ’cause I said so.”
Swiss tabloid Blick has reported the photos were in fact taken at an airport in the German city of Augsburg, near Munich.
Speaking to the outlet, police said McAfee was not arrested, but was informed he would have to quarantine if he entered Germany, so chose to go elsewhere.
The report also contradicts a claim by McAfee that he was detained for 14 hours and “roughed up”.
Photos posted to his twitter alongside the claims showed him with a small black eye.
Footage also showed McAfee’s wife Janice in what she described as a “detention centre” but appeared to be an airport terminal.
Recent tweets from McAfee suggested he was in Belarus.
McAffee, 75, is known as the founder of McAfee Associates, which he ran between 1987 and 1994 before resigning from the company.
He has had numerous run-ins with the law in the past and claims not to have paid taxes since 2010.
A further tweet today read: “People ask why I do the things I do.
“An act by itself is incomplete. It’s the reason for the act that completes it and provides the real information. I am [on] the run.
“I would be an idiot to explain my ‘why’s’.”