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McAfee arrested and freed again, reportedly heading to UK

Assuming he does show up in Britain, McAfee could be extradited to the US to face tax evasion charges

In the past 24 hours, anti-virus pioneer, cryptocurrency advocate, alleged felon, and U.S. presidential candidate John McAfee said, via Twitter, that he was:

  1. In jail in the Dominican Republic after being arrested for the second time in 24 hours
  2. Out of jail in the Dominican Republic yet again
  3. Holding a Twitter vote to ask if he should “run for… Prime Minister of Great Britain.”
  4. En route to London, where he could be extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted on tax evasion charges

On Wednesday, July 24, McAfee tweeted that he, his wife, and his crew had been taken off his yacht in the Dominican Republic and detained. The AP reported that sources in the “armed forces and public ministry” said it was for possessing high-caliber weapons. On July 19, he had tweeted out a photo of himself carrying what appears to be an assault rifle and his wife with a shotgun, which makes the AP story seem plausible.

This morning, he called CBS’ coverage of his detainment, which was based on the AP report, “a fine example of media nonsense and propaganda fed by a need to be first with a story and a need to sensationalize.” He added that the story of his arrest was “too complex to quickly tell.”

Then the whole British PM thing began. Like Boris Johnson, McAfee was born in the U.S. but is also a U.K. citizen. However, the British prime minister is selected by Parliament after his or her party gains a majority of seats, rather than by the public in a direct election. Besides, McAfee is already running for president in the U.S.

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Leo Jakobson, Modern Consensus editor-in-chief, is a New York-based journalist who has traveled the world writing about incentive travel. He has also covered consumer and employee engagement, small business, the East Coast side of the Internet boom and bust, and New York City crime, nightlife, and politics. Disclosure: Jakobson has put some 401k money into Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.