John McAfee, self-proclaimed “eccentric millionaire” and founder of an anti-malware company, said that he is running for the U.S. presidency.
As a candidate for the presidency, McAfee, the designer of an anti-malware program of the same name, said his focus will be on privacy and information security. He will be running under his political party, the Cyber Party, and has submitted the necessary paperwork and documentation with the Federal Elections Commission.
“We are losing privacy at an alarming rate — we have none left,” he said, as reported by TIME. “We’ve given up so much for the illusion of security and our government is simply dysfunctional.”
The computer programmer and developer, McAfee launched his company in 1987, but resigned in 1994. The company was later acquired by Intel for more than $7.6 billion, according to BBC.
In 2012, McAfee was reported to be on the run following the death of his neighbor, Gregory Faull, in Belize. Although he was not a suspect, he said he was afraid he might be “silenced” if he was arrested and jailed. While on the run, he crossed the border and entered Guatemala. He was subsequently arrested and deported to the United States.
“I live in a country that has passed so many laws, that, at an average reading speed, would take me 600 years to read, reading 24 hours a day,” McAfee said. “I am protected by a government that invades my privacy so that it can assure me that I am not the enemy it is protecting me from.”
“Our government is paranoid. People say I’m paranoid. I’m not paranoid – I’m living in a paranoid government,” says McAfee, who is wearing a black t-shirt with “Team McAfee” emblazoned bold white letters underneath a pinstripe sport coat and navy khakis. “Why aren’t they spying on the Chinese with the money they’re using to spy on me and you – they’re spying on the wrong person.”
He also commented on China’s use of cyber-espionage to spy on governmental officials, adding that the U.S. is “illiterate” in cyber warfare. He said America is “stealing privacy” from U.S. citizens by “charging [them] for security.”
“Do you think the Chinese would allow a government where the head of state is not a computer programmer?” he said.
“We created a government of the people, by the people, for the people. I see a government of the powerful, by the powerful, for the powerful. The only people who seem tom matter are running in the political parties. They are a machine. I am tired and I am mad as hell and I don’t understand how the public isn’t as angry.”
He considers Republican candidate Donald Trump as his main rival.
“If I didn’t enter, [Trump] would’ve won,” McAfee said, as reported by CNN. He also said that he thinks Hillary Clinton is “very smart.”
Soon after the announcement of his candidacy, social media lit up users’ reactions to the news. #McAfee2016 became a trending topic on Twitter.
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