John McAfee to run for US president, claims gov't is tech "illiterate"

News by Ashley Carman

The ex-fugitive and McAfee Security founder confirmed that he'll be running in the 2016 US presidential election.

In a race that already includes a former secretary of state, a retired neurosurgeon, and a billionaire real estate mogul, John McAfee, founder of the software company that bears his name and an ex-fugitive, is now throwing his name into the mix.

His campaign filed papers on Tuesday, making it official that he'll run during the 2016 US presidential race.

Although his filing states that he'll “found a new party yet to be announced,” McAfee clarified in the hours following his paperwork that he'd be part of the “Cyber Party.” He hasn't expanded much on his platform but told Wired that US leadership is “illiterate” on technology that supports everyday life.

He cited government backlash on encryption and massive agency data breaches as examples of this lack of understanding.

McAfee's campaign website and Twitter account are already live.

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