By P.H. Madore
In a recent interview with Newsweek, John McAfee surfaced to discuss living abroad and what he’s learned about the global perception of Americans. After recently “going dark” on the internet, he told Newsweek “we’re hated universally.” According to him, the reason most American tourists don’t pick up on this fact is that they’re a source of income for the people and places they visit.
“I have traveled around the world. Everybody hates America. Do they show it? No. If you’re a tourist, you’re never going to see it. Why? If you’re a tourist you are a source of income for that country. You’re never going to see the truth. Well, I’ve lived in these countries, and I’ve seen the f***ing truth. We’re hated universally. We interfere in their affairs that we do not understand what’s going on….”
Over the past decade, McAfee has lived in such far-flung destinations at Belize, Malaysia and Cuenca, Ecuador.
McAfee, who is wanted by the U.S. government for tax fraud, is currently running for president. The software mogul invited this attention from federal authorities when he openly flaunted his tax evasion just after the new year. Later that month, federal authorities issued an indictment. While felons are legally allowed to run for president, it’s unclear if McAfee would be able to assume the office with a standing warrant hanging over his head.
Since 2000, the Justice Department has abided by the opinion that it cannot prosecute someone in the highest office.
This past week, rumors spread on Twitter that authorities captured McAfee but they are apparently not true.
McAfee isn’t losing sleep over his situation with U.S. authorities and has no idea what it will take for him to return home.
“I don’t have a clue. I haven’t thought about it yet. I don’t address problems until I’m ready to actually do something. First of all, get a bunch of lawyers. Secondly, come back, I don’t know.”
McAfee wants the public to know that he doesn’t care what people think of him. This is unusual for someone with political aspirations but certainly not new. McAfee draws the line at what is written about him, saying:
“I’m just being me. I’m not going to change me to be untrue or rather false or restricted while I’m trying to make you be unrestricted. That makes no sense. No, we should all be unrestricted. We should all give a shit nothing about what people think or say about us. We should give a shit about what’s written about us. We give a shit about our impact on the world, if we do something, which is absolutely us. No. I could care less about that, sir. I’m not creating a brand, I’m not creating an image.”
The security mogul says he has untold numbers of people working on his campaign in the U.S. and hundreds of people working in foreign countries for him. The multi-millionaire, for all his “not giving a sh*t,” is a Twitter celebrity.
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