He’s an innovative world traveler who is an expert on international relations — and now John McAfee is running for President.
The ex-fugitive and software kookster has filed paperwork for a 2016 campaign as a third-party candidate, records show.
In his statement of candidacy from the McAfee for President committee, the self-described eccentric wrote simply: “I am founding a new party yet to be announced.”
McAfee, who created a now-defunct antivirus software in his own name, later told CNNMoney he will run as the first-ever “Cyber Party” candidate, on a platform of improving cyber security that “out of touch” governments have taken away.
“The government can spy on people using their mobile phones while they’re with their wives and husbands,” he said, adding that the U.S. government “lacks an understanding of the basic technology that runs the world.”
His campaign website has no further information on his political plans, featuring only a George Washington quote on its homepage: “Guard Against the Impostures of Pretended Patriotism.”
McAfee announced the run only hours after teasing it for the first time on Twitter Tuesday, and filed his first and thus far only form that day.
His bid to be leader of the free world comes only a month after his most recent run-in with the law. He was busted in Tennessee for driving under the influence while possessing a handgun, and later lied in a Facebook post about having a “shootout” with police.
That was just the latest legal misadventure for the man who rose to international infamy in 2012 for illegally fleeing from Belize to Guatemala after being named as a “person of interest” in the fatal shooting of a fellow U.S. citizen. He was never named a suspect.
He eventually returned to America and settled in Portland, Ore. McAfee, 69, now lives in Opelika, Ala., according to his campaign form.
His announcement coincides with the filming of a six-part Spike series about his life, “The McAfee Project,” which is set to debut in April 2016. A station rep insists the run for office wasn’t meant to be a publicity stunt for the show.
“He didn’t confer with us,” spokesman David Schwarz told the Daily News on Wednesday. “We found out yesterday with everyone else…He’s serious about it. It’s not part of the show, he means business.”
Still, Schwarz said, the campaign is likely to be filmed for the show.
McAfee now joins the growing list of unlikely presidential candidates including a cat, 15-year-old Deez Nuts and possibly “Rent is Too Damn High” leader Jimmy McMillan, who announced a bid to the Daily News but has yet to put in the paperwork.