Did crypto mogul John McAfee fall overboard the Freedom Boat? Or was he seized by the IRS? The rumors started mounting after a tweet from his account stated “developing events have made it necessary for John McAfee to go dark.”
Another PR Stunt from John McAfee
John McAfee has been “on the run” (this time around) from the U.S. authorities since January 2019. Well, not exactly on the run in the physical sense of the words. Since his vessel, the Freedom Boat has been docked in Georgetown, Bahamas.
Still, supposedly safe from extradition for various counts of tax evasion while shacked up in the Caribbean island, the pirate of the high seas continues to run his presidential campaign, make Bitcoin price predictions, and generally entertain his following.
No surprise then that this latest tweet was met with a healthy dose of skepticism. Or that it turned out to be a prank, with McAfee tweeting out just hours ago that was “defiant” and “free as ever.”
Those who read “go dark” as “incarcerated” shouldn’t play lotto this week. Here’s @officialmcafee & @theemrsmcafee safe and sound in their new backyard as defiant, joyful and free as ever. Stay tuned… pic.twitter.com/e3T8wirhge
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) May 17, 2019
It was around the same time last year that the cybersecurity pioneer said he “feared for his life.” He claimed then that the U.S. government was out to get him.
That time around, he posted a series of videos eluding to his issues with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that had forced him to “go underground.”
Crypto Twitter Remained Rightfully Skeptical
Highly revered by some and regarded as a clown by others,