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Deep State True Believer McAfee Dead, as He Predicted
Chris Roberts

John McAfee said that if he ever ended up dead by suicide in prison he was in fact whacked by the US government, which was pursuing him for tax evasion. He even got himself a tattoo to that effect. And so, after McAfee was found dead on Tuesday in a Barcelona jail cell hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the US to face tax evasion charges, the internet faithfully responded with a round of conspiracy theories. 
As McAfee predicted, authorities called his in-custody death an apparent suicide.
Well before this, McAfee — who founded the antivirus software company that still bears his name though he sold it in 1994 — invited comparisons to Jeffrey Epstein. He was a freewheeling hedonist, internet entrepreneur, and intercontinental fugitive from justice with a demonstrated taste for drugs, cryptocurrency, guns, and underage women.
Quote:He posted this MEME on his Instagram. Isn’t it odd that both Epstein and McAfee “died” in a prison? Similar scenario…THOUGHTS?
— 404_Not_Found (@4_04_Not_Found) June 23, 2021

The idea that the 75-year-old McAfee would take his own life rather than spend the rest of his days bored out of his mind in prison makes sense on its face. That’s neat and easy; that’s also boring. So the living McAfee ensured whenever Epstein was mentioned, “John McAfee” would also appear in the dark corners of minds and the internet.
McAfee embraced the idea that Epstein, the convicted sex trafficker, financier, and Friend of Bills (Clinton, Gates) didn’t kill himself. He also sowed doubts about any future in which John McAfee was reported dead by suicide in a jail cell.
“If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd,” McAfee posted on Twitter in 2019, displaying a fresh tattoo inked on his right arm: $WHACKD, it read. (Which, conveniently, was also the name of a crypto token McAfee very briefly promoted.)
Quote:Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: "We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself". I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019

A few months before he was arrested at the Barcelona airport while en route to Turkey last year, McAfee also embraced the idea of a “deep state,” which by his definition is a “conspiracy theory … defined as the people within the government or military who are in secret control of government policy.” (That included the FCC and SEC, just the kind of bugaboos that would plague an internet guy who wanted to make lots of money and never pay taxes, as well as the CIA.)
Quote:July 20, 2020 John McAfee published this video calling out the so called US deep state. One week later they issued a warrant for his arrest and he was arrested in Spain. Less than a year later he’s dead in a Spanish prison
— Bruce Porter, Jr. (@NetworksManager) June 23, 2021

And, finally, McAfee appears to have prepared a final provocation from beyond the grave: An hour after his death was announced, the @officialjohnmcafee Instagram account posted an image of a single letter: “Q,” an obvious reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Okay, so what happened here? Was John McAfee “Q”? Not according to any of the exhaustive investigations conducted by QAnon experts. McAfee was never even a part of the conversation, until he put himself there.
Quote:Rumour confirmed. McAfee Q pic has a cryptographic KEY embedded in the image file. I was able to view this in Photoshop.
And Epstein didn't kill himself.
Instructions: FBMD23000965010000290400004b0400009d0400007a0c0000f90d0000af1000005e1200000414000068170000
— RefuseNikRed (@RefusenikRed) June 23, 2021

Was McAfee murdered? Not according to any current, publicly available evidence, though the Catalan regional government hasn’t released information revealing the cause or manner of death beyond “suicide.”
Did McAfee have any apparent ties to, say, national intelligence services or pedophilia rings? The guy ran for the Libertarian Party nomination for president of the United States twice and played Russian roulette for a reporter from Wired who paid him a visit in 2012. While out on the lam, he also allowed himself to be contacted, located, and then photographed by young millennial reporters from Vice, who betrayed their source by posting a photo of the then-fugitive, complete with metadata.
Preening for the camera and for clout? None of this seems like something an intelligence asset would do. It definitely seems like something someone with impulse control problems and a narcissistic/authoritarian streak might do — someone who openly slept with underage women, someone who hired a private army to rid a town near his Central American hideout of drug dealers, someone who was never convicted of murder but who was found civilly liable for the death of Gregory Faul, his neighbor in Belize who was found dead from a single gunshot wound in 2012.
The internet entrepreneur and publicity hound was a fabulist — enough, in the Alex Jones kind of way, to incite and to provoke. As was the way McAfee died Tuesday — which, at least outwardly, appears to be exactly the way he openly planned it.
John McAfee's Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, said that the antivirus software mogul did not say "goodbye" to his family before his death, the Associated Press reported.
[Image: AALoBPC.img?h=533&w=799&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f] © Adalberto Roque/Getty Images US millionaire John McAfee gestures during an interview with AFP on his yacht anchored at the Marina Hemingway in Havana, on June 26, 2019. - After making his fortune with antivirus software, McAfee fled from Belize after a murder case.
"This has been like pouring cold water on the family and on his defense team. Nobody expected it. He had not said goodbye," Villalba told the AP.

McAfee's death came as a surprise to his wife and other relatives, according to Villalba. The lawyer, who has called the death a suicide, said he would get "to the bottom" of what happened.

Authorities in Spain say that a judge has ordered an autopsy on the remains of McAfee, the gun-loving antivirus pioneer, cryptocurrency promoter and occasional politician who died in his cell pending extradition to the United States for allegedly evading millions in unpaid taxes.

Antivirus Creator John McAfee Found Dead In Spanish Prison

[/url]A court spokeswoman for the Catalonia region said Thursday that a forensic team would need to perform toxicology tests on McAfee's body to determine the cause of death and that results could take "days or weeks."
Authorities have said that everything at the scene indicated that the 75-year-old tycoon killed himself.
The judicial investigation is being handled by a court in Martorell, a town northwest of Barcelona with jurisdiction over the prison where McAfee died. The spokeswoman wasn't authorized to be identified by name in media reports.

Video: John McAfee dies by suicide in Spanish prison (Reuters)

John McAfee dies by suicide in Spanish prison

Although Villalba said that he had no evidence of any foul play, he blamed the death on "the cruelty of the system" for keeping a 75-year-old behind bars for economic and not blood-related crimes after judges refused to release him on bail.

"We had managed to nullify seven of the 10 counts he was accused of and even so he was still that dangerous person who could be fleeing Spain if he was released?" the lawyer said. "He was a world eminence, where could he hide?"
Spain's National Court on Monday ruled that McAfee should be extradited to the U.S. to face charges for evading more than $4 million in the fiscal years 2016 to 2018. The judge dropped seven of the 10 counts in the initial indictment.
Villalba said that McAfee had learned about the ruling shortly after on Monday and that his death on Wednesday didn't come in the heat of the moment. He also said that the legal team had been preparing with him an appeal to avoid being extradited.
A penitentiary source told the AP that McAfee was sharing a cell in the Brians 2 jail where he had been put in preventive detention since he was arrested in October last year on a U.S. warrant, but that at the moment of his death he had been alone.
Prosecutors in Tennessee accused McAfee of failing to report income from promoting cryptocurrencies while he did consulting work, earnings made in speaking engagements and for selling the rights to his life story for a documentary. The criminal charges carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
The British-born entrepreneur led an eccentric life after selling his stake in the antivirus software company named after him in the early 1990s. He twice made long-shot runs for the U.S. presidency.
McAfee often professed his love for drugs and guns in public remarks. And some of his actions landed him in legal trouble beyond Tennessee, from Central America to the Caribbean. In 2012, he was sought for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor in Belize but was never charged with a crime.
Spain Opens Probe Into McAfee Founder's Death In Prison
The body of the 75-year-old founder of the anti-virus McAfee software was discovered at around 7:00 pm on Wednesday in his cell.
WorldAgence France-PresseUpdated: June 24, 2021 8:39 pm IST

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John McAfee had allegedly failed to file any taxes between 2014 and 2018 (File)


Spanish investigators Thursday probed the death of [url=]John McAfee who was found in his prison cell after an apparent suicide following a court decision approving his extradition to the US on tax evasion charges.
The body of the 75-year-old founder of the anti-virus McAfee software was discovered at around 7:00 pm on Wednesday in his cell in the Brians 2 penitentiary near Barcelona in what a prison service spokeswoman said was a death "apparently from suicide".
Catalan legal officials confirmed it was McAfee, who had been held at the facility since his arrest in early October as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.
His body was taken away by judicial officials who opened an investigation to determine the cause of death, a spokeswoman for Catalonia's justice ministry told AFP on Thursday.
"There was a death which suggested suicide but confirmation must come through the autopsy," she told AFP, saying it could be a matter of days before a postmortem would be carried out.
According to an indictment filed in a US court, McAfee was alleged to have deliberately failed to file tax returns between 2014 and 2018, despite earning millions from consulting work, cryptocurrencies and selling the rights to his life story.
If convicted, he could have faced up to 30 years in prison.
"Guards and medical staff intervened immediately to perform resuscitation measures but doctors eventually certified his death," the Catalan justice department said in a statement.
McAfee was found dead just hours after a Spanish court said it had approved his extradition to the United States in a decision which could have been appealed.
"Want Him To Die In Prison"
According to the US extradition request filed in November and quoted in the ruling, McAfee earned more than 10 million euros ($12 million) in 2014-18, but never filed a tax return.
"To conceal his income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service... the defendant ordered part of his income to be paid to straw men and placed property in their names," it said.
Since making a fortune in the 1980s with the antivirus software that still bears his name, McAfee had become a self-styled cryptocurrency guru, claiming to make $2,000 a day.
McAfee in 1987 founded the computer security software company and ran it for seven years before resigning.
His life after that became a headline-grabbing mix of controversies involving drugs, weapons and even murder.
McAfee had more than one million followers on Twitter, where he described himself as a "lover of women, adventure and mystery".
In a tweet on June 16, he said the US authorities believed he had "hidden crypto".
"I wish I did," he added. "My remaining assets are all seized. My friends evaporated through fear of association. I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing."
Since his arrest, his wife Janice has complained that he was "not doing well" in jail and had faced delays in getting "proper medical care".
"The US authorities are determined to have John die in prison," she tweeted on Sunday, adding: "There is no hope for him ever having a fair trial in America."
Unsolved Murder
McAfee moved to Belize in Central America and made headlines when his next-door neighbour was mysteriously murdered in 2012. The crime was never solved.
McAfee claimed he was nowhere near the victim at the time, but local police have wanted to interview him as a person of interest in the case.
After the police found him living with a 17-year-old girl and discovered a large arsenal of weapons in his home, McAfee disappeared.
"I am not a madman," said the British-born former NASA programmer whose anti-virus company was bought by Intel in 2010.
"I am eccentric, gracious, attentive, kind, humorous. We humans are funny creatures."
The dead neighbour's family later filed a wrongful death suit against McAfee and in 2019 a Florida court ordered him to pay them more than $25 million.
A documentary titled "Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee" released in 2016 focused on his life in Belize.
In 2015, McAfee was arrested in the United States for driving under the influence and a year later, made an unsuccessful run for president.
From a political perspective, he advocated for ramping up defences against cyberattacks from China and Russia, and ending the war on drugs.