John McAfee is under siege.
According to a man called Rob Loggia, curator of website Loggia on Fire, McAfee’s house is being gang-stalked. Cars have been entering the cul-de-sac in which it is situated before turning around and leaving without making a stop – this is happening on an “almost daily” basis. The McAfee security team has, of course, run the licence plates and found that the identities to whom they are registered are fake.
But let’s start from the beginning.
John McAfee is a British-American computer programmer who is best known for developing the ubiquitous McAfee antivirus programme which earned him a sizable fortune. No longer associated with that venture, his career path for the last few years has been that of a cryptocurrency activist.
Loggia writes that McAfee called him and told him that he is under siege. Because it was McAfee that was asking, Loggia packed a bag and went along. It should be noted here that Loggia is employed by McAfee as a technical advisor for his ICO consultancy.
Loggia found a residence with a “massive security presence”. The property is thoroughly covered by cameras, there are guns at hand “for the instant they are needed”, armed doors, wall panels, and a bunker for a bedroom. This security presence has been bolstered by private security and dogs (“several German shepherds and a pit bull”).
My external security system. On top of this I have 8 cameras that no-one knows about. I have 4 Green Berets, one Navy Seal, 2 ex Blackwater SOF operatives, one ex Army Military Police and two.ex Army soldiers as my live in Security. Plus Janice and I, heavily armed. Questions? pic.twitter.com/B0xVPbFJuC
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) April 16, 2018
Loggia explains that while all of these measures may seem madness to readers, people must remember that their reality is not necessarily that of McAfee – and his paranoia may well be justified.
The source of the paranoia appears to be the fact that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has sent him subpoenas.
I am underground. This story by Rob Loggia explains all. I am the most vocal and angry opponent of the SEC. They are striking back with subpoenas. If I am silenced, it is the movement that suffers. I cannot allow this. My team will be my voice. Stay safe.https://t.co/joVrBlnMi8
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) May 15, 2018
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The SEC has been summoning cryptocurrency funds to court in its ongoing quest to gather information about the industry and its players. This began in March of this year. Last week, the new head of the agency said in a speech that she considers blockchain technology to be here to stay, and carefully explained the problems inherent in defining and regulating the industry.
But back to the story. Things take a turn for the tense when one of McAfee’s “highly trained ex-military professionals” investigates an uninhabited property bordering Fort McAfee and discovers signs of intrusion – tracks in the grass, snapped foliage, and a Snickers wrapper. “All of my training combined with what I observed convinces me that a person or persons had occupied several spots in the recent past,” said the guard. Loggia says that the only reason that anyone would occupy these spots is to conduct surveillance on McAfee’s house.
The cars that have been driving into the street are all registered to elderly people who have no presence on the system whatsoever, apart from registering the licence plates. In addition to this, the people physically driving the cars do not match this description – for example, one was registered to a 98-year old man “with only an initial for his last name”, but driven by three Hispanic males in their early 20s.
Who is doing this??
McAfee has not led a quiet life, and there are a few suspects.
My husband is still breathing bitches! McAfee remembers. Tell them winter is coming. You left the wolf alive, you sheep will never be safe.
— Janice McAfee (@theemrsmcafee) July 22, 2017
One is the government of Belize, where McAfee resided for several years. In 2012, he told CNBC that he was shut up inside his compound because he did not want to be questioned over the murder of his neighbour. He was never a suspect, but he considers the government corrupt and refused to cooperate. This is because his compound was reportedly stormed in April of that year with “42 heavily armed soldiers” and he was kept handcuffed for 14 hours because of trumped-up charges of running a meth lab, which were later dropped.
He told Newsweek in November 2017 that he suspects that the government of Belize is out to get him: “I eat, sleep and shower with a pistol in my hand. When I enter the main house from my bedroom (secured with a ten gauge solid steel door), my two German Shepherds and one Pit Bull precede me. Moments before I emerge I call my head of security and request that my detail all be sitting in reclining chairs with their feet up—a vulnerable position since I am standing and armed…. It is NOT a fun situation,” he wrote in an email.
Another source of ill will could be those that believe him to be taking money to pump cryptocurrencies on his social media platforms, causing their prices to rise. This has led to criticism in the past as some have accused him of pumping prices.
McAfee himself believes without question that it is the SEC who is perpetrating the surveillance. He does not believe that the agency has the authority to regulate cryptocurrency and is not shy about expressing this.