John McAfee claims he has ‘dirt on those in power' and threatens to finally expose ‘the truth' if he’s jailed or dies
JOHN McAfee has claimed he has dirt on “those in power” and threatened to finally expose “the truth” if he’s jailed or dies.
The eccentric tech millionaire, who says he is "on the run", made the sensational claims in a series of bizarre Twitter posts today.
McAfee, who has a record of making mischievous false statements on social media, appeared to suggest his life is in danger.
And he claimed he had set up a “deadman switch” to spill untold dirt on unnamed people if he were to die or disappear mysteriously.
In an initial cryptic tweet, he wrote: “People ask why I do the things I do.
“An act by itself is incomplete. It's the reason for the act that completes it and provides the real information. I am [on] the run.
“I would be an idiot to explain my 'why's'.”
He then added: “I neither fear death nor run from it. At my age it sits on my shoulder as a constant companion. It makes me fearless.”
One of his Twitter followers replied to the murky messages, saying: “I hope you've set up a deadman switch so we know the true 'why' instead of whatever is fed to us when that sad time comes.”
Fuelling the conspiracy theories, McAfee answered: “I have. If I'm arrested or disappear, or die … every news outlet in the planet will be told the truth.
“Those in power, if they have any sense, will pray that I live free to 100.”
It comes hours after the tycoon alleged he was arrested in Norway for wearing a thong instead of a coronavirus mask – but then admitted it was all a hoax.
McAffee, 75, is known as the founder of McAfee Associates, which he ran between 1987 and 1994 before resigning from the company.
He later founded a number of other companies, and prior to the 2008 financial crash was worth an estimated £60million.
He has had numerous run-ins with the law in the past and claimed to be on the run from the US after not paying taxes since 2010.
But after being arrested last year in the Dominican Republic he was released after cops there established he was not the subject of any active legal cases or extradition requests in America, his lawyer said.
Recent tweets from McAfee suggested he was in Belarus.
In the summer of last year, he was detained in the Dominican Republican after a cache of weapons was found on his boat.
Numerous pictures have previously showed him and wife Janice posing with a range of large guns and rifles.
McAfee was also reportedly wanted as a "person of interest" in connection with the 2012 killing of an American man in Belize, though has denied any involvement.
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