By CCN: Cryptocurrency maverick and U.S. 2020 presidential candidate John McAfee announced Thursday that he was going offline fearing for his life and freedom, prompting speculation and wild conspiracy theories on social media.
Having been on the run since January over tax crimes, social media users pinned the blame on the IRS. The Block’s founder and CEO, Mike Dudas, claimed sources had indicated to him that McAfee was in federal custody.
Dudas further suggested that it could have been a publicity stunt.
There were also those who came up with ridiculous conspiracies.
McAfee has however downplayed this arguing that going offline does not equate to being arrested. This was in a tweet in which he posted pictures of him and his wife ‘safe and sound in their new backyard’.
However, some social media users have expressed further doubts arguing that the pictures could have been taken earlier.
There were also those who wanted proof of the date the pictures were taken. This included demanding McAfee behave like a kidnapper when asked to prove a hostage in their custody was alive.
In the recent past, the cryptocurrency maverick has suggested that his life is in danger. On May 10, McAfee tweeted that was expecting the ‘U.S. government to act soon in order to silence me’.
The cryptocurrency influencer, however, assured his fans and supporters that his ‘words will continue’. As a backup plan in the event that his Twitter account is shut down and ‘physically silenced’, McAfee stated that he had prepared over 2,000 statements. These will be released to the legacy media for publication.
This week McAfee claimed that his ex-employees, bankers and business contacts were being harassed by the FBI and the NSA. Allegedly, this was being done under the instructions of the IRS.
As evidence that the American government is hunting him down, the U.S. 2020 presidential candidate has also been posting photos of men he claims have been sent to watch him.
The cryptocurrency maverick even invited his social media followers to help him identify the spies. He also promised to get restraining orders against all of them.
John McAfee fled the United States in January and has been traveling around the Caribbean. Mostly, however, holed up in The Bahamas.
His choice of The Bahamas is apparently because it makes extradition to the U.S. difficult, as he argued in April.
The Bahamas does not have an income tax. Extradition is not possible unless the “crime” for which the country asking for extradition is also a crime in the country harboring the criminal. Tax evasion is not a crime in the Bahamas. Look for the US to manufacture a different crime.
Last modified: May 17, 2019 10:23 UTC