The former antivirus tycoon and cryptocurrency advocate John McAfee fled America, over after he was indicted by U.S. tax authorities.
McAfee is also running for president in the 2020 U.S. elections. He disclosed he would be conducting his campaign from a boat, where he is currently living in international waters.
He said this via a video statement released on Jan. 22. that he was charged by U.S. tax authorities for “using cryptocurrencies in criminal acts” in a Tennessee court.
He noted that his wife and four other members of his 2020 presidential campaign team have also been charged with; “unspecified charges of a felonious nature”.
“I have not paid taxes for eight years and I have made no secret of it,” McAfee emphasized.
“They want to silence me and I will not allow that,” McAfee continued. “I am running my campaign in exile on this boat for the duration — I will not allow them to imprison me and shut my voice down, which they will do immediately — Why? I am a flight risk. Obviously, I am in flight,” McAfee added.
McAfee went to talk about charges against himself and his teams:
“Today a grand jury was convened by the IRS to indict Janice and myself and four various unnamed campaign workers for various tax fraud issues.”
He noted that digital currencies and specifically privacy-enhanced coins will circumvent the state.
“Every so often and very rarely a clash of old and new cultures brought about by technology changes civilization,” McAfee concluded.
McAfee has made a name for himself in the crypto space as an outspoken advocate of cryptocurrency in recent years, especially when he publicly wagered “I will eat my d**k on national television” if the price of Bitcoin (BTC) did not hit $1 million by 2020.