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John McAfee says he has been poisoned, and tells culprits: 'You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath'

Anthony Cuthbertson

Cyber security pioneer John McAfee has claimed “incompetent enemies” have poisoned him, just one month after telling The Independent that he feared for his life.

The founder of the eponymous antivirus company took to Twitter on Friday, 22 June, to share photos of himself lying in a hospital bed covered in tubes.

“I apologise for my three day absence but I was unconscious for two days at the Vidant Medical Centre in North Carolina and just woke up,” McAfee tweeted.

“My enemies maged [sic] to spike something that i ingested. However, I am more difficult to kill than anyone can possibly imagine. I am back.”

Mr McAfee did not immediately respond to a request for further comment about whether he thought it is related to fears that nefarious actors want to kill him.

In a series of videos posted to YouTube last month, Mr McAfee said issues with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had forced him to go on the run.

His involvement with various cryptocurrency companies led to him being served with a subpoena by the SEC in 2016.

“We are in a five-vehicle motorcade,” Mr McAfee told The Independent in May. ”All vehicles driven by ex-military special forces and filled to the brim with heavily-armed security personnel.

“I purposely and publicly committed a felony this morning to call the SEC out [in the videos]. I’m mad as hell and I’m not taking any more s*** from corrupt-to-the-core government agencies.”

Mr McAfee has previously claimed that violent cartels have attempted to kidnap him on several occasions over the last few years, most recently in September. Those attempts, he says, relate to his time in Belize when he was caught up in the investigation of the murder of his neighbour in 2012.

As a result, Mr McAfee lives with armed security guards at his heavily fortified home in Lexington, Tennessee.

Mr McAfee shared more photos on Twitter, showing him and his wife Janice McAfee giving the middle finger to the camera.

“And for those who did this – You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath,” he also tweeted.

In response to one well wisher, Mr McAfee said: “It takes more than poison, bullets or hanging to kill me. All three have been tried more than once.”