By CCN.com: Bitcoin millionaire John McAfee, who’s still running for U.S. president despite being a fugitive for tax evasion, has selected Havana, Cuba, as his campaign headquarters.
McAfee made the revelation on Twitter, where he announced his “Campaign in Exile” under the banner of the Libertarian Party. McAfee noted that he was forced to make his headquarters in communist Cuba because he’s “being politically persecuted” in the United States.
“My headquarters, since I am being politically persecuted, is now located in Havana, Cuba. I am still fighting. Stay with me, America!”
Hours earlier, McAfee torched the U.S. government (the body that he wants to lead), saying it has enslaved its citizens.
Moreover, McAfee warned that the government is attacking cryptocurrency, and is, therefore, undermining financial freedom.
“Our government has turned us all into slaves, we are fed a constant stream of propaganda. Our key to financial freedom – cryptocurrency – is under attack…Wake up America!”
This is not the first time that McAfee has trashed the U.S. government. Two weeks ago, the software mogul launched a dizzying tirade, where he warned the government to leave him alone, or he will “f***ing bury them.”
At the time, McAfee claimed that the Department of Justice was building a sham criminal case against him. He warned that if federal agents pursue him, he’ll drop several bombshells that’ll reveal mass corruption within the government.
“I’ve collected files on corruption in governments. If I’m arrested or disappear, 31+ terabytes of incriminating data will be released to the press.”
As it is, McAfee never followed up on his threats. However, if it’s true that federal agents are pursuing McAfee, it’s probably because he admitted that he hasn’t paid taxes for almost a decade.
As CCN.com reported in January, McAfee confessed on Twitter that he hasn’t filed a tax return in eight years. Why? Because he says, “taxation is illegal.” Moreover, McAfee insists that he has paid more than his fair share of taxes throughout his long career, so enough is enough.
John McAfee is a cybersecurity pioneer who created the McAfee anti-virus software program. At the peak of his wealth, McAfee’s net worth topped $100 million. After the 2008 U.S. financial crisis, McAfee claimed he lost most of his fortune.
Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service has repeatedly stated that crypto investors who earn money on their holdings must pay taxes on their capital gains. Last week, the Department of Justice doubled-down on these warnings, saying it has teamed up with the IRS to criminally prosecute bitcoin tax evaders.
Richard Zuckerman, an official with the DOJ’s Tax Division, threw down the gauntlet in no uncertain terms. He says the DOJ and the IRS are jointly hunting down bitcoin tax evaders to teach the public a lesson that cryptocurrencies are not above the law.
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Last modified: July 2, 2020 8:25 PM UTC