McAfee Antivirus developer John McAfee has announced he will seek the Libertarian nomination for president. Photo by John McAfee/Twitter
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- John McAfee, better known in recent years for his brushes with the law in Belize and Guatemala than for his anti-virus software, filed to run for United States president as a Libertarian candidate.
McAfee told USA Today he plans to run on a platform of pardoning all marijuana users in prison and and to "stop the U.S. from being the world's policeman."
Doug Craig, a national board member of the Libertarian Party, said,"He fits right in with our political philosophy.:
Earlier this year, McAfee vowed to run as a member of the Cyber Party to "disrupt the political status quo" where his platform would focus on the "dangerously ignored issue of cybersecurity."
McAfee's campaign website says his qualifications for president are many:
"I have run a multi-billion dollar company, having to make decisions based on cash availability and the existence of real competitors while my government lived in a fantasy world and printed money when they had none to spend. I lived in a Third World Banana Republic, was tortured and had to watch my dog shot in front of my eyes by a soldier trained by the FBI at Quantico using an Ar-15 supplied by the US Government. I hid in the jungles of Central America for weeks while being chased by an army representing a government that I had refused to be extorted by."
In 2012, Belizean authorities named McAfee a "person of interest" in connection to the death of his neighbor, Viant Faull. Gizmodo reported Faull had filed a complaint against McAfee for firing guns and "roguish behavior" shortly before he was gunned down in his home.
When sought for questioning, McAfee fled the country. The Belizean authorities auctioned off his seized assets, and last year, CNN reported his home on the island of Ambergris Caye mysteriously burned down.
CNN reported McAfee sold McAfee antivirus to Intel in 2010, but Intel rebranded it as Intel Security just last year after McAfee's widely reported brushes with criminal activity.
Earlier this year, McAfee was arrested in Tennessee for driving under the influence and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.