- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Antivirus software magnate and ex-fugitive John McAfee is running for U.S. president next year as a third-party candidate.

“I have a huge underground following on the web,” said Mr. McAfee, who turns 70 next week. “I promise you I will win because I have the votes.”

The Federal Election Commission confirmed to CNN Wednesday that Mr. McAfee had filed his statement of candidacy. A site for his campaign has already gone live and he said an explainer about his newly created “Cyber Party” would be available after 6 p.m. Wednesday, CNN reported.

Mr. McAfee said he felt the need to run for president because governments worldwide are “out of touch.”

“We are losing privacy at an alarming rate — we have none left,” he told CNN. “We’ve given up so much for the illusion of security and our government is simply dysfunctional.”

He added that the U.S. government is simply dysfunctional and “lacks an understanding of the basic technology that runs the world.”

Mr. McAfee also declared that besides himself, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is the most promising candidate in the 2016 field.

“If I didn’t enter, he would’ve won,” he said.

Mr. McAfee, who’s no longer associated with the software that bears his name, said one of the hallmarks of his campaign would be his outspoken nature and his willingness to speak candidly about his “checkered background,” CNN reported.

Last month, Mr. McAfee was arrested in Tennessee for DUI and possession of a handgun while he was under the influence. He said the case was still pending and would be back in court in November, CNN reported.

He also made news in January 2014 when he crossed into Guatemala to evade investigators in Belize who wanted to question him in connection with the death of his neighbor. He was never named a suspect in that case, and he was deported to the U.S. a few weeks later.

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