For a few weeks now, the former antivirus software tycoon John McAfee has said he is fleeing from the U.S. government for not paying his taxes. More recently McAfee's been on a tweet tirade, speaking directly to his "pursuers" and telling them to leave him alone.
McAfee: 'All I Wanted Was to Be Left Alone'
John McAfee is well known for starting a multi-billion dollar antivirus software corporation but he's also known for his flamboyant personality over the years. McAfee's recent troubles started during the beginning of the year when he tweeted to his 960,000 followers that he was now "living in exile." He explained at the time that he was charged with felonies handed down by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). McAfee stated on his boat that he and his wife Janice received notice from a grand jury for "various tax fraud issues." "I have not paid taxes for eight years and I have made no secret of it," McAfee told his fans. For a while, McAfee didn't seem to have any issues traveling around the Caribbean islands with his crew and shared pictures and videos of himself living at sea.
Then, during the second week of May, one of McAfee's campaign staff explained that John was going offline in fear for his life and freedom. "Developing events have made it necessary for John McAfee to go dark — Please be advised that this account will be operated by staff until further notice," the staff member announced. "More details will be released in time." When McAfee returned online, he told his Twitter followers that he and his wife Janice were "safe and sound in their new backyard as defiant, joyful and free as ever." Many people suspect that McAfee has been meandering around the Bahamas from various posts on social media. However, McAfee's geo coordinates, at least according to Twitter, shows he and his crew have been traveling the Atlantic, stopping off in places like Cuba, Bermuda, and Venezuela. On June 9, a specific Twitter post from Cuba addressed to McAfee's followers explained that his recent tweets are really for his pursuers.