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The US government ‘needs to make an example of me’: Last plea of John McAfee days before death

John McAfee claimed the US government ‘needs to make an example out of me’ in a ultimate plea before he was discovered hanging in his Spanish jail cell on Wednesday.

The 75-year-old died on the jail exterior Barcelona simply hours after a court docket permitted his extradition to the US the place he was wished for tax evasion and fraud.

Spanish authorities insist that there was no proof of foul play, however McAfee’s earlier tweets that he would by no means take his personal life ‘a la Epstein’ have fuelled conspiracy theories. 



‘I’m content material in right here. I’ve mates. The meals is nice. All is effectively. Know that if I hold myself, a la Epstein, it will likely be no fault of mine,’ McAfee tweeted on October 15. 

McAfee was collared at Barcelona airport on the request of the US Justice Department on October 3, about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport.

During a court docket listening to final month, McAfee stated that he would spend the remaining of his life in jail if convicted in America. ‘I’m hoping that the Spanish court docket will see the injustice of this,’ he stated, including ‘the United States needs to use me as an example.’ 

His lawyer Javier Villalba claims that the final 9 months behind bars had pushed him to despair. ‘This is the end result of a merciless system that had no motive to hold this man in jail for thus lengthy,’ Villalba stated.

However, the sense of foreboding in McAfee’s tweets and particularly, his obsession with the paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein has cast doubts on his obvious suicide. 

Epstein was discovered hanged in his jail cell in Manhattan in August 2019 however many imagine he was assassinated to cease him from implicating rich elites in a baby intercourse trafficking ring. 

LAST PHOTO: John McAfee seems by way of videoconference throughout his extradition listening to at Audiencia Nacional court docket, in Madrid, Spain earlier this month. He has died behind bars at 75

ON THE RUN: McAfee - who had sold his company to Intel for $7.7 billion in 2010 - had lived in a self-imposed exile for years, globe-trotting and living on his 'Freedom Boat' in the Caribbean after being accused of murdering his neighbor in Belize in 2012 (pictured with his wife Janice, a former prostitute)

ON THE RUN: McAfee – who had offered his company to Intel for $7.7 billion in 2010 – had lived in a self-imposed exile for years, globe-trotting and dwelling on his ‘Freedom Boat’ within the Caribbean after being accused of murdering his neighbor in Belize in 2012 (pictured together with his spouse Janice, a former prostitute)

Soon after his arrest last year, McAfee's Twitter account posted a dark hint suggesting that if he died in an alleged suicide, a conspiracy would be to blame

Soon after his arrest final year, McAfee’s Twitter account posted a darkish trace suggesting that if he died in an alleged suicide, a conspiracy can be to blame

Final Tweet: In one of his final tweets, presumably dictated to his wife from behind bars, McAfee said 'I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing.'

Final Tweet: In one of his ultimate tweets, presumably dictated to his spouse from behind bars, McAfee stated ‘I’ve nothing. Yet, I remorse nothing.’

McAfee got a tattoo in 2019 saying 'Whackd' - after he said the US government was after him and that he would never kill himself; his comments have now sparked conspiracy theories

McAfee obtained a tattoo in 2019 saying ‘Whackd’ – after he stated the US government was after him and that he would by no means kill himself; his feedback have now sparked conspiracy theories

McAfee – who had offered his company to Intel for $7.7 billion in 2010 – had lived in a self-imposed exile for years, globe-trotting and dwelling on his ‘Freedom Boat’ within the Caribbean after being accused of murdering his neighbor in Belize in 2012. 

He at all times denied the homicide however had been ordered to pay $25 million by a court docket in Florida in 2015 which discovered him ‘liable’ for expat Gregory Viant Faull’s death. 

US authorities claimed he had earned tens of millions during the last decade, failed to pay taxes and accused him of fraud by touting cryptocurrencies to his tens of millions of Twitter followers so as to inflate costs and rake in earnings.   

He lastly fled the US in January 2019, leaving his heavily-fortified Tennessee compound together with his former prostitute spouse Janice after claiming a Grand Jury was convened to indict him on tax-related expenses. 

In June 2019, whereas claiming he was trapped in Cuba, McAfee tweeted: ‘I’ve collected information on corruption in governments. For the primary time, I’m naming names and specifics. I’ll start with a corrupt CIA agent and two Bahamian officers.

‘Coming right now. If I’m arrested or disappear, 31+ terrabytes of incriminating knowledge can be launched to the press.’ 

McAfee’s tweets to that impact and his correspondence with distinguished figures have been the main target of a lot conjecture about his demise right now.

Eric Weinstein, a political commentator, mathematician and investor, revealed a tweet despatched to him by McAfee final year through which he requested him about Epstein and whether or not the paedophile had been linked to intelligence companies.

Weinstein had beforehand revealed meeting Epstein within the early 2000s. 

In the message despatched by way of Twitter on March 13, 2020, McAfee writes: ‘I watched one of your interviews about Epstein. Awesome interview. Was he linked to an intelligence Agency? Where did his fortune come from? Why nobody has spiken (sic) with Wexler …  and so forth.’

He continues: ‘I’m mire unterested (sic), nonetheless, in how he met his death, and its weird circumstances and manipulations.’ 

Sharing the message final night time, Weinstein stated that not solely had he met Epstein within the early 2000s, but in addition that the financier had been ‘asking after me in a late electronic mail simply before he died. I don’t know why.’ 

Weinstein stated he had no current contact with McAfee however was ‘fairly involved now given John’s 2020 name.’

Eric Weinstein, a political commentator, mathematician and investor, revealed last night a tweet sent to him by McAfee last year in which he asked him about Epstein and whether the paedophile had been connected to intelligence agencies.

Eric Weinstein, a political commentator, mathematician and investor, revealed final night time a tweet despatched to him by McAfee final year through which he requested him about Epstein and whether or not the paedophile had been linked to intelligence companies.

In the message sent via Twitter on March 13, 2020, McAfee writes: 'I watched one of your interviews about Epstein. Awesome interview. Was he connected to an intelligence Agency? Where did his fortune come from? Why no one has spiken (sic) with Wexler ... etc.'

In the message despatched by way of Twitter on March 13, 2020, McAfee writes: ‘I watched one of your interviews about Epstein. Awesome interview. Was he linked to an intelligence Agency? Where did his fortune come from? Why nobody has spiken (sic) with Wexler … and so forth.’

Sharing the message last night, Weinstein said that not only had he met Epstein in the early 2000s, but also that the financier had been 'asking after me in a late email just before he died. I have no idea why'

Sharing the message final night time, Weinstein stated that not solely had he met Epstein within the early 2000s, but in addition that the financier had been ‘asking after me in a late electronic mail simply before he died. I don’t know why’

Just minutes after his death was reported, his official Instagram account posted a plain image of the letter 'Q' in an apparent reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory

Just minutes after his death was reported, his official Instagram account posted a plain picture of the letter ‘Q’ in an obvious reference to the QAnon conspiracy idea

He had founded a meme cryptocurrency called WHACKD which he was promoting, as well as suggesting that people wanted to kill him. A poster promoting the token which he shared a few days before depicted Hillary Clinton holding a slice of pizza and looking at a pair of feet dangling in the air as if from someone who had been hanged. 'Epstein didn't kill himself,' the poster said.

He had based a meme cryptocurrency referred to as WHACKD which he was selling, in addition to suggesting that individuals wished to kill him. A poster selling the token which he shared a number of days before depicted Hillary Clinton holding a slice of pizza and taking a look at a pair of toes dangling within the air as if from somebody who had been hanged. ‘Epstein did not kill himself,’ the poster stated.

Another tweet which has generated so much of curiosity is a photograph that McAfee took of a tattoo he obtained in November 2019, which says: ‘$WHACKD.’

Accompanying the image, he wrote: ‘Getting delicate messages from U.S. officers saying, in impact: ‘We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill your self’. I obtained a tattoo right now simply in case. If I suicide myself, I did not. I used to be whackd. Check my proper arm. $WHACKD obtainable solely on http://McAfeedex.com.’

He had based a meme cryptocurrency referred to as WHACKD which he was selling, in addition to suggesting that individuals wished to kill him.

A poster selling the token which he shared a number of days before depicted Hillary Clinton holding a slice of pizza and taking a look at a pair of toes dangling within the air as if from somebody who had been hanged. ‘Epstein did not kill himself,’ the poster stated.

The expenses towards John McAfee:

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee was dealing with 10 counts of tax evasion in Tennessee and 7 counts of fraud and money laundering conspiracy in New York when he was discovered lifeless in a Spanish jail.  

Tennessee prosecutors charged him with 5 counts of tax evasion and 5 counts of willful failure to file a tax return in a June 2020 indictment unsealed in October.

Prosecutors alleged he had earned greater than $12 million between 2014 and 2018 – however failed to file any tax returns throughout this time.

If convicted, he confronted 30 years in jail.

In March, McAfee and his bodyguard Jimmy Gale Watson Jr have been each charged with seven counts of securities fraud by Manhattan federal prosecutors.  

These are: conspiracy to commit commodities and securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities and touting fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and substantive wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracy offenses.

The two males allegedly promoted cryptocurrencies to McAfee’s multiple million Twitter followers so as to inflate costs after which promote the cryptocurrencies when costs rose, incomes them and different McAfee Team members greater than $11 million in funds. 

Both McAfee and Watson confronted up to 100 years in jail on these expenses if convicted in addition to monetary penalties.  

The Spanish prosecutor stated Wednesday McAfee might be extradited, however solely to face expenses associated to his tax returns of 2016, 2017 and 2018 within the tax evasion case. 

These expenses – six – would have carried a most of 18 years in jail

The pizza slice is a reference to the debunked ‘pizzagate’ conspiracy idea which claims that the Democrat Party trafficked youngsters as half of a intercourse ring, with one of the institutions used within the alleged abuse a pizzeria in Washington D.C.  

McAfee had continued to tweet till just lately whereas in custody, with many of his statements being utilized by conspiracy theorists to corroborate the declare that he wouldn’t have killed himself. 

In a pinned tweet from June 16, he wrote: ‘The US believes I’ve hidden crypto. I want I did however it has dissolved by the various palms of Team McAfee (your perception shouldn’t be required), and my remaining belongings are all seized. My mates evaporated by worry of affiliation. I’ve nothing. Yet, I remorse nothing.’ 

He additionally appeared to have been upbeat about life within the jail. 

‘Life in Spanish prisons is just like the Hilton in contrast to the abject surrealism and dehumanization of American prisons. Here I’m handled as a human being as a substitute of a quantity,’ McAfee stated in a letter written to his spouse in November.    

Just minutes after McAfee’s death was reported, his official Instagram account posted a plain picture of the letter ‘Q’ in an obvious reference to one other conspiracy: QAnon. It was not instantly clear who had entry to his account.

The QAnon conspiracy idea, which took place through the presidency of Donald Trump, holds a variety of odd beliefs together with that Trump was secretly battling cannibalistic pedophiles who worship Satan.   

His spouse Janice McAfee additional fuelled the conspiracy theories with a Father’s Day submit made simply days before his death through which she speculated that ‘US authorities are decided to have John die in jail.’   

‘I do know John is an extraordinarily polarizing particular person. Believe me, I do know this higher than most! But I additionally know, in addition to any of you who comply with him on Twitter, that he has at all times been trustworthy about who he’s. ALWAYS. Sometimes too trustworthy, typically sharing greater than any of us cared to find out about him!’ Janice tweeted.

‘John’s honesty has usually gotten him in bother with corrupt governments and corrupt government officers as a result of of his outspoken nature and his refusal to be extorted, intimidated or silenced.’

McAfee’s physique was found on the Brians 2 penitentiary in northeastern Spain on Wednesday. Security personnel tried to revive him, however the jail’s medical group lastly licensed his death, a press release from the regional Catalan government stated.

‘A judicial delegation has arrived to examine the causes of death,’ the assertion learn. ‘Everything factors to death by suicide.’

McAfee’s death was confirmed after Spain’s National Court dominated in favour of extraditing McAfee, who had argued in a listening to earlier this month that the costs towards him by prosecutors in Tennessee have been politically motivated and that he would spend the remaining of his life in jail if returned to the US.

McAfee and his wife Janice were both active on social media while he was on the run. They are shown in one picture, which he described as showing them 'in their retreat'

McAfee and his spouse Janice have been each energetic on social media whereas he was on the run. They are proven in a single image, which he described as displaying them ‘of their retreat’ 

On the run once more in Cuba, in 2019: McAfee went on the run after being charged with tax evasion however he nonetheless saved in contact with the media. He wasn’t shy of operating from the US authorities and wished individuals to know what he claimed – that the American government was responsible of corruption 

On the run again: In 2019, McAfee fled the US after being charged with tax evasion. He is shown in the Dominican Republic (left) after being arrested there because authorities thought he had illegal weapons on his boat, and right, in Belarus in 2020

On the run again: In 2019, McAfee fled the US after being charged with tax evasion. He is shown in the Dominican Republic (left) after being arrested there because authorities thought he had illegal weapons on his boat, and right, in Belarus in 2020

On the run once more: In 2019, McAfee fled the US after being charged with tax evasion. He is proven within the Dominican Republic (left) after being arrested there as a result of authorities thought he had unlawful weapons on his boat, and proper, in Belarus in 2020

The court docket’s ruling was made public on Wednesday and was open for enchantment, with any ultimate extradition order additionally needing to get approval from the Spanish Cabinet.

McAfee was arrested final October following expenses filed in Tennessee that month for evading taxes after failing to report revenue from selling cryptocurrencies whereas he did consulting work, made talking engagements and offered the rights to his life story for a documentary. The legal expenses carried a jail sentence of up to 30 years. 

Born in England’s Gloucestershire in 1945 as John David McAfee, he moved to Virginia as a baby and grew up troubled, with a father who ‘beat him mercilessly’ and killed himself with McAfee’s shotgun when the boy was 15, stated Steve Morgan, who frolicked with McAfee in Alabama in 2016 to discuss his life for a biography he’d been contracted to write. Morgan can also be the founder of market analysis agency Cybersecurity Ventures.

‘He instructed me his father by no means confirmed him an ounce of affection,’ Morgan stated, including that recounting his father’s death was the one time throughout their lengthy meeting that McAfee cried.

While McAfee’s tech legacy might have been overshadowed lately by his tumultuous life, Morgan stated he sees his most lasting impression as a software and safety pioneer.

‘I believe that is how finally he actually most like to be remembered. I believe so much of individuals will bear in mind him as a really troubled soul. Some individuals will bear in mind him as a legal. It will depend on your age and your publicity to him,’ Morgan stated.

McAfee based his eponymous company in 1987. At the time, Morgan stated, he was working a BBS, a bulletin board system that served as a precursor to the World Wide Web and dealing together with his brother-in-law. When the primary main computer virus, referred to as ‘Brain,’ hit in 1986, ‘John immediately dialed up a programmer he knew and stated, there is a huge alternative. We want to do one thing. You know, we wish to write some code to fight this virus,’ Morgan stated. He referred to as this system VirusScan and the company McAfee Associates.

McAfee in 2016 at the 4th China Internet Security Conference. He was consulted as a global expert on cyber security because of his work, but McAfee became increasingly paranoid as the years went on

McAfee in 2016 on the 4th China Internet Security Conference. He was consulted as a world skilled on cyber safety as a result of of his work, however McAfee turned more and more paranoid because the years went on 

McAfee went on the run from Belize, convinced he'd be set up there for Faull's death. He fled to Guatemala but was arrested there in 2012 and extradited to Miami. He is shown being transferred in an ambulance to the Police Hospital in Guatemala

McAfee went on the run from Belize, satisfied he’d be arrange there for Faull’s death. He fled to Guatemala however was arrested there in 2012 and extradited to Miami. He is proven being transferred in an ambulance to the Police Hospital in Guatemala 

McAfee's legal troubles hit in 2012 when he was named as a person of interest in the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull. Faull was shot in the head in his home, which was next door to McAfee's in Belize

After being transferred from Guatemala to Miami, he was released on bail. He is shown on Ocean Drive in Miami after wards

After being transferred from Guatemala to Miami, he was launched on bail. He is proven on Ocean Drive in Miami after wards 

‘He was a real pioneer, not simply as a safety technologist however as one of the primary corporations to distribute software over the web,’ Morgan stated.

California chipmaker Intel, which purchased McAfee’s company in 2011 for $7.68 billion, for a time sought to dissociate the model from its controversial founder by folding it into its bigger cybersecurity division. But the rebranding was short-lived, and Intel in 2016 spun out the cybersecurity unit into a brand new company referred to as McAfee.

In the software trade, McAfee’s declare to fame was that he supplied the primary all-in-one virus scanner, stated Vesselin Bontchev, a Bulgarian computer scientist and an early antivirus researcher. Prior to that, stated Bontchev, researchers would solely scan for one virus at a time. But there have been solely a couple of dozen computer viruses again then.

‘Technologically, as a scanner, it wasn’t something excellent. It was simply the overall concept that was good. Not the implementation,’ stated Bontchev, a senior researcher on the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Bontchev stated McAfee was ‘a peculiar man,’ even again then. He stated he wrote McAfee asking for a part-time job in regards to the time the Soviet Union was breaking apart so he might work on a post-doctoral dissertation within the U.S.

In response, McAfee instructed Bontchev in a letter that the Bulgarian was believed to be a Soviet agent so ‘they can not work with me,’ he stated. ‘This is a very weird manner to say no to someone who’s asking for a job.’

The two later met within the U.S. on the annual Virus Bulletin convention, stated Bontchev. ‘I do not suppose he was a typical American. He was simply bizarre.’

McAfee twice made long-shot runs for the U.S. presidency and was a participant in Libertarian Party presidential debates in 2016. He dabbled in yoga, ultralight plane and the manufacturing of natural medicines.

In 2012 he was wished for questioning in reference to the death of Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death in early November 2012 on the island in Belize the place each males lived.

McAfee instructed AP on the time that he was being persecuted by the Belizean government. Belizean police denied that, saying they have been merely investigating against the law about which McAfee might have had info. Then-Prime Minister Dean Barrow expressed doubts about McAfee’s psychological state, saying, ‘I do not need to be unkind to the gentleman, however I imagine he’s extraordinarily paranoid, even bonkers.’

McAfee enjoyed life in Belize. He would say that he had cut ties with 'polite society' and was more comfortable in the company of the 'prostitutes, thieves and handicapped people' he met there

McAfee loved life in Belize. He would say that he had minimize ties with ‘well mannered society’ and was extra snug within the company of the ‘prostitutes, thieves and handicapped individuals’ he met there 

McAfee is seen in Cuba in 2019. Shortly before his death, Spain approved his extradition to the US on tax charges, which he argued were politically motivated

McAfee is seen in Cuba in 2019. Shortly before his death, Spain permitted his extradition to the US on tax expenses, which he argued have been politically motivated

McAfee's first job in computers was at the Missouri Pacific Railroad in St. Louis. They were trying to use an IBM computer to schedule trains in 1969. McAfee made a system that produced optimized train routes. At the time, he was in the throes of drug and alcohol addiction. In the years that followed, his first wife left him and he hit rock-bottom. He founded McAfee Associates in 1989 after reading about a computer virus from Pakistan that was invading American computers. He's shown that year. By 1990, he was making $5million-a-year from people using his anti-virus software

McAfee’s first job in computer systems was on the Missouri Pacific Railroad in St. Louis. They have been attempting to use an IBM computer to schedule trains in 1969. McAfee made a system that produced optimized practice routes. At the time, he was within the throes of drug and alcohol dependancy. In the years that adopted, his first spouse left him and he hit rock-bottom. He based McAfee Associates in 1989 after studying a couple of computer virus from Pakistan that was invading American computer systems. He’s proven that year. By 1990, he was making $5million-a-year from individuals utilizing his anti-virus software

A Florida court docket ordered McAfee in 2019 to pay $25 million to Faull’s property in a wrongful death declare. He refused to pay it, writing in a press release posted on Twitter that he has ‘not responded to a single one of my 37 lawsuits for the previous 11 years.’ He claimed to don’t have any belongings, writing that the order was a ‘mute level’ – an obvious misspelling of ‘moot.’

In July of that year he was launched from detention within the Dominican Republic after he and 5 others have been suspected of travelling on a yacht carrying high-calibre weapons, ammunition and military-style gear.

Wired Magazine reporter Joshua Davis spent six months investigating McAfee’s tumultuous life in 2012, when he was dwelling in Belize and being hunted for questioning in connection together with his neighbor’s homicide. He described watching as McAfee took out a pistol to illustrate some extent.

‘”Let’s do this one more time,’ he says, and puts it to his head,”‘ Davies wrote. ‘Another spherical of Russian roulette. Just as before, he pulls the set off repeatedly, the cylinder rotates, the hammer comes down, and nothing occurs. “It is a real gun. It has a real bullet in one chamber,” he says. And but, he factors out, my assumptions have one way or the other confirmed defective. I’m lacking one thing.’


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