When you’re looking for some light relief in a crypto news cycle there is one name that is almost certain to bring it, and that is John McAfee. The buccaneer crypto enthusiast was reportedly arrested in the Dominican Republic, but according to Cointelegraph he has now been released today.
McAfee announced his freedom on his Twitter account, posting, “Leaving detention (don’t judge my looks — four days of confinement). I was well treated. My superiors were friendly and helpful. In spite of the helpful circumstances, we’ve decided to move on. More later.”
But why was he detained? According to a tweet on McAfee’s account made by his campaign manager Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez (don’t forget McAfee also wants to be President of the USA), “McAfee and his boat crew had likely been detained.”
Associated Press then confirmed Loggia-Ramirez’s concerns, reporting that McAfee had been arrested on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, while docking his yacht in Puerto Plata, after which authorities seized high-calibre weapons and other military props from his vessel. Oh dear, does McAfee think he’s Jack Sparrow?
McAfee has been running his Presidential campaign from self-imposed exile, due to an alleged indictment by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Is his bid serious? Even McAfee says it isn’t; it’s his way of promoting cryptocurrency.
He’s also believes that fiat money will be “dead” within 10 years: “I think in 10 years there’ll be no fiat anywhere in the world. Everything will be electronic, everything will be cryptocurrency.”
No doubt it won’t be long before we get another instalment in McAfee’s own version of “Pirates of the Caribbean.”