John McAfee goes dark, posts link to Newsweek interview

"I see a world in America that makes me want to cry," he says

Earlier this month, we reported cyber security pioneer and crypto advocate John McAfee’s belief that the US government would soon act in order to silence him.

“I want you all to know that everything I have done, I have done for the cause of freedom. I want a world in which authorities discover crimes, not manufacture them. A free world,” he told his almost one million Twitter followers.

McAfee is on the run from US authorities who earlier this year indicted him, his wife and four members of his staff for tax fraud.

And this week a dramatic statement appeared on Twitter. “Developing events have made it necessary for John McAfee to go dark,” someone wrote on his account Thursday. “Please be advised that this account will be operated by staff until further notice.”

Taking aim at media reports that he had been incarcerated, a photo was also posted of McAfee and his wife, Janice, in “their new backyard”.

That was followed by a link to an interview with Newsweek, carried out a couple of weeks ago and in which he said: “I’ve seen a lot of shit that people have not seen. I see a world in America that makes me want to cry”.

He added that “we are being lied to by the government from every single corner of the world. The CIA provides [info], which is deceptive, manipulative. The government provides information which is manipulative and deceptive. So if you ask me, for example, what my position is, on anything, how the f*** would I know? Because I don’t have any information that is real.”

Americans, he insisted, need to wake up and understand that they have a corrupt government, a system of slavery, in effect. “I mean we work for three to four to five months every year for the government for free, in terms of paying income taxes. Is that not slavery?”

John McAfee, ladies and gentlemen. To nick a quote from The Dark Knight, he’s the hero America needs, but not the one it deserves right now.

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