Cryptocurrency enthusiast and antivirus software namesake John McAfee appears to have been released by authorities in the Dominican Republic today. McAfee posted a picture on his official Twitter account with the caption:
Leaving detention (don't judge my looks – four days of confinement). I was well treated. My superiors were friendly and helpful. In spite of the helpful circumstances, we've decided to move on. More later. pic.twitter.com/V4539uYCHR
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 24, 2019
For the past few days, McAfee’s Twitter account has been run by campaign manager Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez. Loggia-Ramirez tweeted from McAfee’s account Tuesday that “if John misses his next check-in, events will be set into motion that I cannot prevent once they have begun. John has secreted data with individuals across the world. I know neither their identities or locations. They will release their payloads if John goes missing.”
A report by the Associated Press appears to have confirmed Loggia-Ramirez’s suspicion. According to the report, McAfee was arrested on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, while docking his yacht in Puerto Plata, after which authorities seized high-calibre weapons and other military props from his vessel.
In the intervening months he landed in the Bahamas and then ended up in Cuba. He continued his presidential run from there.
McAfee then posted this photo on July 19. In the photo we see McAfee and his wife showing proper trigger discipline somewhere on the water. A few minutes later he wrote: “I Am a presidential candidate with 1.2 mil followers. My crime is not filing tax returns – not a crime. The rest is propaganda by the U.S. government to silence me. My voice is the voice of dissent. If I am silenced, dissent itself will be next
The CIA has attempted to collect us. We are at sea now and will report more soon. I will continue to be dark for the next few days. pic.twitter.com/o79zsbxISl
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 19, 2019
McAfee has been on the run related to a. He’s claimed that he’s running for president on a platform and has developed an “unhackable” cryptocurrency wallet.