Tributes and conspiracy theories swirl in wake of John McAfee’s dying

The reported suicide of infamous tax fugitive, Bitcoin proponent, and antivirus instrument pioneer, John McAfee, has precipitated an outpouring of tributes and conspiracy theories these days.

After years of evading U.S. taxes and government, a Spanish courtroom had ordered McAfee’s extradition simply hours ahead of he used to be discovered lifeless, with the 75-year-old anticipated to stand a existence sentence in the US will have to he were extradited.

Former Nationwide Safety Company (NSA) worker and whistleblower, Edward Snowden, criticized the worldwide achieve of U.S. enforcement and warned that McAfee’s premature finish is probably not the one one as “Julian Assange’s tale may just finish a lot the similar.” He tweeted:

“Europe will have to now not extradite the ones accused of non-violent crimes to a courtroom machine so unfair — and a jail machine so merciless — that native-born defendants would moderately die than turn out to be topic to it.”

Cardano founder, Charles Hoskinson, praised McAfee’s contributions to laptop science, describing him as “one of the enigmatic and engaging other folks within the cryptocurrency house and the historical past of computing.” “He used to be additionally a deeply bothered individual,” added Hoskinson, noting McAfee’s well-documented non-public traumas and substance abuse problems.

“The cause of the suicide turns out self-evident — McAfee used to be 75 years previous, and the extradition ot the USA used to be licensed, he used to be taking a look at over 30 years in prison, if convicted, and most probably would were […] it appear that he made up our minds to select finishing his existence there in a Spanish jail moderately than a U.S. jail.” 

Bitcoin influencer and podcaster Anthony Pompliano remembered McAfee as “sort, humorous, and extremely clever,” sharing a picture of himself along the anti-virus pioneer and his spouse Janice Dyson, wielding heavy munitions from the home boat the pair had used to evade government for years.

Kim Dotcom, an web entrepreneur who’s preventing his personal extradition fees from New Zealand over his file-sharing community, Megaupload, lamented McAfee’s drug abuse getting rid of from his possible, mentioning:

“A pioneer in knowledge safety. I at all times idea he partied too onerous, will have to have have shyed away from the medication and concentrate on the use of his good thoughts for excellent. When he had a sober thoughts it used to be all about freedom.”

QAnon and conspiracy theories

Regardless of McAfee’s personal felony representatives in Spain, informing Reuters that McAfee had hanged himself moderately than face existence in jail, the web is predictably ablaze with conspiracy theories saying McAfee had now not died at his personal hand.

The flames had been fanned in a while after his dying used to be reported, when McAfee’s authentic Instragram account shared a picture of the letter “Q,” igniting pleasure amongst QAnon conspiracy theorists. Trade Insider reported that QAnon influencers on Telegram with “loads of 1000’s of fans” had been sharing posts doubting the suicide tale.

McAfee’s personal Tweets were reposted without end these days, together with one from December 2019 claiming the federal government used to be threatening to assassinate him and not to imagine any model of occasions the place he dedicated suicide. On the other hand, the tweet used to be selling his “WHACKD” crypto token, which referenced the dying of Jeffrey Epstein, and related to a website the place the token may well be bought.

Different conspiracy theorists zeroed in on a publish from June 2019 the place he claimed to have a “31+ terabyte” trove of information with proof of presidency corruption that he claimed incriminated “a CIA agent” and “two Bahamian officers” that he would unlock if he had been ever arrested. On the other hand McAfee used to be arrested in October 2020 and no such proof trove has been launched. 

It’s value taking into account McAfee used to be no stranger to creating daring and outlandish claims, together with promising he would eat his personal phallus on nationwide tv will have to the cost of Bitcoin fail to exceed $1 million by 2021, that he had performed sexual sex with a whale, and that he had synthesized a brand new narcotic compound in Belize.

McAfee’s Tweets from jail had additionally taken on an an increasing number of sombre tone in contemporary weeks. In Would possibly, he printed he had mentioned suicide with a fellow inmate.

He additionally spoke of being “an previous guy misplaced in a close to endless Twitter verse — like tears in rain” and admitting to “having a down day.”

McAfee’s Spanish attorney, Javier Villalba, instructed Reuters he believed that McAfee merely may just now not tolerate being locked up:

“That is the results of a merciless machine that had no explanation why to stay this guy in prison for goodbye.” 

If you want lend a hand within the U.S. name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. In Australia name Lifeline on 131114 or glance up the carrier nearest to you.