John McAfee Back in Jail Hours After Release in Dominican Republic

John McAfee Back in Jail Hours After Release in Dominican Republic

John McAfee says he is now under arrest for the second time in a week

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Bitcoin (BTC) proponent and United States 2020 presidential candidate John McAfee reportedly reentered jail this week just a day after his release in the Dominican Republic.

‘A record I think’

Tweeting photographs of his confinement July 26, McAfee said he had been arrested a second time, but did not give details about the exact circumstances. 

The entrepreneur, his wife and entourage fell victim to law enforcement when their boat docked in the Dominican Republic earlier this week. McAfee then spent four days behind bars before walking free. 

On Twitter, he had promised followers an update on his location and future plans, something which did not materialize. 

“My second arrest in one week — a record I think,” he subsequently wrote on his return to custody.

The photographs, he claimed, were made possible because the group had smuggled their mobile telephones into the holding facility. 

McAfee merely detained?

Speaking to tech news publication CNET, McAfee’s campaign manager, Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez, who previously issued Twitter updates on McAfee’s behalf, subsequently said he is not under arrest, but merely detained.

Despite being wanted by the U.S., McAfee plans to run for president on a broadly anti-establishment platform and is accepting Bitcoin donations for the campaign, which he runs from the boat on which he arrived in the Domican Republic.


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John McAfee says he is now under arrest for the second time in a week

John McAfee Reportedly Released Following Detainment in The Dominican Republic

John McAfee Reportedly Released Following Detainment in The Dominican Republic

John McAfee announced that he has been released by Dominican authorities after an apparent arrest and weapon seizure in Puerto Plata

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Cryptocurrency enthusiast and antivirus software namesake John McAfee appears to have been released by authorities in the Dominican Republic today. McAfee posted a picture on his official Twitter account with the caption:

“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.”

On July 23, a post was made on McAfee’s twitter account, allegedly by McAfee’s campaign manager Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez, saying that McAfee and his boat crew had likely been detained. McAfee announced that Loggia-Ramirez would be his presidential campaign manager in October 2018. 

A report by the Associated Press appears to have confirmed Loggia-Ramirez’s suspicion. According to the report, McAfee was 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.

McAfee’s presidential campaign in exile

McAfee has been running a campaign for President of the United States from self-imposed exile. He is purportedly conducting the campaign from abroad due to an alleged indictment by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). McAfee said:

“The IRS has convened a grand jury in the state of Tennessee to charge myself, my wife […] and four of my campaign workers with unspecified IRS crimes of a felonious nature.”

McAfee has also said that his campaign is not a serious bid for office, but rather a means to promote cryptocurrency.

In a recent interview with Cointelegraph, McAfee said that he believes fiat money will be dead within 10 years, saying “I think in 10 years there’ll be no fiat anywhere in the world. Everything will be electronic, everything will be cryptocurrency.” In stark contrast, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin recently said that he will not even be talking about Bitcoin in 10 years.


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John McAfee announced that he has been released by Dominican authorities after an apparent arrest and weapon seizure in Puerto Plata