That day we interviewed John McAfee on Anonymous Bites Back (Video)

It was October 31 in 2019, around Halloween, and it was probably one of the last interviews John McAfee gave in public. We managed to get him on our Anonymous Bites Back show by talking to his wife Janice. She was excited about it and we set a date together. Both his wife and John were very friendly and open to us from the start. When we did the actual podcast they were all dressed up and getting ready for their Halloween party. Our team was kind of impressed with how he was able to stay out of the hands of the evil empire that is the United States, and still go to a Halloween party. He said he was literally living in a Faraday cage in eastern Europe.

And I know, in hindsight we should have asked both of them a lot more questions than we actually did. We all realize that, because now that he is no longer with us, there are so many things left unanswered. Regardless of what you think of him as a person, he was an icon in the cryptocurrency world. He openly defied the powers that be and that was exactly what the cryptocurrency community was attempting. Because it is big finance essentially being in control behind the scenes. And that was what he was dealing with. He allegedly evaded tax liability by having his income paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees. As a result, it is alleged, he failed to file any tax returns from 2014 to 2018. He was also accused of concealing assets, including a yacht and real estate property, in the names of others.

But these were financial crimes, and in my humble opinion these weren’t crimes to be ashamed of either at this point in time, considering what we know United States tax money is being used for. With the homeless roaming the streets, United States bombs continue to drop on innocent people around the world. That is why he was on the run, and that is why he was pushing so hard to create alternative online financial systems. And with success, because the cryptocurrency community embraced him. So we wanted him on the show, as decentralization of (financial) power is something that interests many on our Anonymous Bites Back panel.

He promised he would come back on air with us again later, and we kept our eyes close on the developments surrounding his situation. And then the news hit that John was found dead in a Barcelona prison cell on June 23 of this year. He had supposedly committed suicide. We were all shocked, especially because we were actually considering doing our next broadcast, on the same date as we did the first. On Halloween. Because two years would have passed, and we would be able to give a detailed update on everything that happened in between the podcasts.

Doubts about his suicide?

Villalba, John’s lawyer, told Reuters he saw no warning signs that he might take his own life. The Washington Post then reported that John’s widow, Janice McAfee, said she last spoke to her husband hours before he was found dead. She said he was not suicidal when they spoke. His widow and lawyer are not the only people hesitant to believe John took his own life. When the news of John’s death became public, it didn’t take long for social media users to make the phrase John McAfee Didn’t Kill Himself trending.

And then there was this headline and statement in 2012 in The Observer, that haunts us:

John McAfee Would Like Anonymous to Wait Until ‘I Accidentally Hang Myself’ to Attack Belize

“I know that members of the hacktivist group Anonymous have been posting here.  I recognize your writing styles.  You are welcome here.  You are a powerful collective, more powerful than most realize, and I sympathise with your spirit.  However, if you are responsible, then this is not the time.  I need the Government to be able to read the displeasure of the world.  Deaf ears can hear nothing.   You would better serve the cause against censorship by writing emails voicing your displeasure for the time being.  If I am arrested, or am killed in a “robbery attempt” or accidently hang myself in jail, then please have at it.  Do your worst.  For now, bear with me. If you are not responsible, I apologize for my presumptiveness.”

Right now I’m not writing this to discuss unanswered questions. We just can’t ask him anymore and whatever information we can get about how his life ended will be tainted, on both sides. I hope we will eventually find out the truth. But for me it matters more what he did in life. I’m writing this article to honor a friend of our show. Whether he killed himself or was killed, there is no doubt that he helped to inspire a cryptocurrency community to change the financial system. And after being on the run for so long I can only hope he can finally rest in peace.

Go watch the interview yourself:

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