John McAfee was an entrepreneur and computer programmer best known for creating the McAfee Antivirus software.
He joined me on my podcast a couple times.
John was also involved in a number of legal disputes and was known for his outspoken views on politics and technology.
After creating the McAfee Antivirus software, which became one of the most widely used antivirus programs in the world, he left the company in 1994 to pursue other ventures such as smartphone security software.
John was also a libertarian and ran for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2016 and 2020 and was a critic of government surveillance and the war on drugs.
He was arrested multiple times, including for drug-related charges and was also implicated in a murder investigation in Belize where he had been living, following which he was arrested in Spain in 2020 on charges of “tax evasion”.
John was found dead in his prison cell in June 2021, in what was ruled as a suicide.
I don’t believe that he killed himself, and neither does his wife Janice.
She joined me for a very heartfelt conversation in which she chatted about how they met; how the government went after them; the trumped up charges; the botched hit attempt on his life and poisoning of his dogs; his arrest and death; the Spanish authorities refusing to release his remains; and some good memories.
The moral of the story, for me, is that one becomes a target if one is anti-establishment and knows too much.
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