The businessman that pioneered the antivirus that bears his surname, John McAfee, was found dead in a prison in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, June 23. Local authorities said it was a suicide, but the businessman had denounced on his social networks that he was being persecuted by corrupt U.S. officials and that ‘they were going to kill him’.
75-year-old John McAfee was found dead in a prison cell in Barcelona, where he had been detained since October last year at the request of the U.S. Justice Department authorities, allegedly for tax evasion.
Catalan authorities say he committed suicide, but the businessman warned in one of his Twitter posts that he would not.
“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,” tweeted McAfee on June 16, 2021, at 11 a.m. (tweet unavailable)
His death came shortly after Spanish authorities agreed to extradite him to the United States to face criminal charges.
The Justice Department accused him of inflating the price of a cryptocurrency by tweeting about it, with the intention of selling it at a high price once people were interested in it.
McAfee denied that he committed such acts and claimed that his intention was to help his followers.
“The US believes I have hidden crypto. I wish I did but it has dissolved through the many hands of the Team McAfee (your belief is not required), and my remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. However, I regret nothing,” the businessman tweeted on the same June 16, 2021, at 11 a.m.
In his virtual hearing with Spain’s Supreme Court, McAfee begged the judges not to allow extradition, fearing he would spend the rest of his life in prison.
“In late 2018, I announced I would run again and I also announced I would target the IRS and its corruption and two months later the IRS filed charged against me politically motivated,” McAfee said.
“I am hoping that the Spanish court will see the injustice of this. The United States wants to use me as an example,” he added.
According to the British media Daily Mail, the businessman led a life of excesses, alcohol, drugs and women and was even accused of killing a neighbor of his in Belize although the justice of that country never presented charges or concrete evidence.
He had several wives and in photos he is seen with a ‘harem’ of women who lived with him in his house in Belize.
According to a tweet of his, he has a total of 47 children, 61 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The businessman’s tax evasion was not something he was hiding; his decision not to pay taxes was intentional because he believed the system does not work.
The ‘conspiracy theories’ of his death
McAfee was known to use doubles for his security. On one occasion one of his doubles, Jay Pizzle, disappeared on his way to give a speech for him.
Angered, the businessman accused the U.S. government and responded by threatening to publish information that he said would expose corruption at the highest levels of the CIA as well as other U.S. authorities.
“If I’m arrested or disappear, 31+ terabytes of incriminating data will be released to the press,” McAfee said in 2019. He also recorded a video in which he promised to publish a web page detailing corruption within the U.S. government.
On July 25, 2020, John McAfee used his official Twitter account to record a video titled:
“Is there a Deep State? Does it secretly control America? Use your common sense! Have a listen.”
In the video, the entrepreneur explains how an elite of federal employees within agencies such as the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) run the country and subjugate people through regulations that have a high impact on everyday life.
“The Deep State is a conspiracy theory… is defined as people within the US government and the military who are in secret control of government policy,” McAfee sarcastically explains in his video.
“Secret? Ha ha ha ha. Please… people, the Deep State is those people within the US government that are career employees that cannot be fired by people that we elect, by the Congress or the President. Are these people in control? Can they enact laws? F*** yes!” the businessman states.
He then explains how despite Congress passing laws supposedly to improve people’s lives, these agencies issue 20 times more federal regulations that are far more far-reaching.
“Is there a Deep State? Yes! Can these people be fired? No! It’s designed that way so that political parties and political interests cannot affect the Deep State,” McAfee explained in his video.
His wife, now widow, Janice Dyson, posted a tweet for Father’s Day defending McAfee and criticizing his mistreatment.
“The US authorities are determined to have John die in prison to make an example of him for speaking out against the corruption in their government agencies. There is no hope of him ever having a fair trial in America because there is no longer any justice in America. You either play ball or get f***d,” Dyson wrote.
“Happy Father’s Day John Davod. Father of many, loved by few,” she added.