Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Eccentric millionaire' McAfee announces US presidential bid

John McAfee said he would run under ‘Cyber Party’ banner.
John McAfee said he would run under ‘Cyber Party’ banner.

Rachael Alexander

The race to be America's next president acquired a surprise contender yesterday when John McAfee, the self-described "eccentric millionaire", announced his candidacy.

Instead of seeking the nomination of an established party, Mr McAfee, the founder of a cyber-security company, said that he would run under the banner of the "Cyber Party".

Among the many controversies in his life was the period he spent on the run in 2012 after the murder of his neighbour. Mr McAfee was living in Belize at the time, but fled in a hurry when his neighbour, Gregory Faull, was killed.

Mr McAfee was never declared a suspect in the case, but he went on the run anyway, fearing that he would be arrested and "silenced". He bolted to neighbouring Guatemala, where he was caught and deported to America.

Afterwards, Dean Barrow, the prime minister of Belize, described Mr McAfee as "extremely paranoid, even bonkers".

The man who founded the anti-malware company that bears his name in 1987 has now decided to take up the cause of America itself.

"I live in a country that has passed so many laws, that, at an average reading speed, it would take me 600 years to read, reading 24 hours a day," said Mr McAfee in a BBC interview.

"I live in a country that is governed by people largely illiterate in cyber-security - as proven by the multiple government computer hacks. Yet cyber-warfare is now the means of war."

Mr McAfee added: "For the 300 million other Americans - you are in the same boat with me."

Mr McAfee (69) has sold the cyber-security company that he founded.

He was born in Britain to a mother of British descent, but his lawyers argue that he is eligible to be US president because his place of birth was a US Army base.

Irish Independent

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