John McAfee announces 2016 run for US president
Colourful cyber-sec entrepreneur throws hat in ring with Clinton, Trump
Perennial eccentric John McAfee has announced he will run for president of the United States in the November 2016 election, according to several reports.
McAfee, who fled Belize last year after police sought him for questioning in connection with the death of a neighbour, has reportedly founded the Cyber Party and claims he has filed the requisite papers with the Federal Election Commission. He has also set up a Web site, mcafee16.com, and a Twitter account @mcafee2016.
McAfee joins a packed field of candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and real-estate tycoon Donald Trump. He said he is running because "almost everyone" is urging him to and because he is concerned about government surveillance.
"We are losing privacy at an alarming rate; we have none left," McAfee told CNN. "We've given up so much for the illusion of security and our government is simply dysfunctional... [and] lacks an understanding of the basic technology that runs the world. [It] can spy on people using their mobile phones while they're with their wives and husbands."
The mcafee16.com quotes George Washington: "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."
McAfee founded the cyber-security company that bore his name until it was bought by Intel Corp and rebranded to Intel Security. If he runs, McAfee will likely be grilled by journalists about a past that includes not only a Belize murder inquiry, but allegations of drug dealing and a drunk-driving charge from earlier this month that is still to be heard in court.
He referred to fellow candidates Trump and Clinton as "very smart", praising Clinton for "putting up with Bill quite graciously for quite some time" and dismissing the scandal over her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State, by saying, "Who hasn't made a mistake?"
If given the chance to debate with Trump, whom McAfee considers the most promising candidate, he said he would ask the real-estate billionaire, "What is with the hair?"
But McAfee is characteristically confident of victory.
"If I didn't enter, [Trump] would've won," he said, adding, "I have a huge underground following on the Web... I promise you I will win because I have the votes."