Crypto proponent John McAfee, who is running for President of the United States in order to advocate cryptocurrency, has been charged with felonies by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) via a grand jury in Tennessee.
According to McAfee, he has not paid his taxes in eight years, nor has he filed any returns, despite presumably making large amounts of money. McAfee is now fleeing the United States on a boat and is adamant that he will conduct his presidential campaign in exile.
“We are today at war,” McAfee said in a two-minute Twitter video. “I have not paid taxes for eight years. I have made no secret of it … Today, Jan. 22, the IRS has convened a grand jury in the state of Tennessee to charge myself, my wife, Mrs. McAfee, four of my campaign workers with unspecified IRS crimes of a felonious nature. They want to silence me. I will not allow that. I am running my campaign in exile on this boat for the duration. I will not allow them to imprison me and shut my voice down, which they will do immediately. Why? I am a flight risk. Obviously, I am in flight… Today, crypto community, we are at war, and I am on the frontlines.”
Apparently, McAfee has been sailing for several days now. On his Twitter feed, it’s clear that McAfee was off the coast of Newfoundland on January 20 and at Atlantis Marina in the Bahamas today.
McAfee is fleeing to Venezuela based on his tweets, which is an excellent strategic move since the United States has a bad relationship with Venezuela. If McAfee gets to Venezuela safely, it will be difficult for the United States to get him back.
It is unknown if the video just posted on Twitter of McAfee is old. It seems like a critical error to post such a video before arriving in Venezuela since boats move slowly and the United States could probably intercept McAfee in international waters.
McAfee says he will be posting video updates explaining the situation. Technically, McAfee can run for president as long as he is not convicted of a felony, but at this point, he is just charged with a felony.