The founder of the anti-virus software company McAfee, and who once played Russian roulette with a loaded gun says he is considering joining the 2016 presidential race. That is unless he can find someone who is “smarter and more charismatic” than he is to run with his backing.
McAfee told Wired that he is personally in a quandary about whether to run himself or find someone else for his party. His advisors are pressing him to run.
McAfee, won’t name his advisors and we suspect that they might be dragons, but he’s been mulling a run for some time at the urging of his online followers.
“I have many thousands of emails saying please run for President,” he says. “It’s not something I would just choose to do on my own.”
McAfee believes the government is broken, largely because its leaders do not understand technology as well as, well, he does.
He points to the recent hacks of the US Office of Personnel Management and Homeland Security as proof.
“Things like this cannot happen or should not happen. It’s clear that the leadership of our country is illiterate on the fundamental technology that supports everything in life for us now, that is cyber science, our smartphones, our military hardware, our communications.”
McAfee said that the government urging tech companies to create “backdoors” into their systems that would allow the government to collect information on users is another sign that public servants just do not get it.
Of course the US election has already a batshit crazy candidate in the form of the Bouffant and
McAfee might be too colourful for US politics and besides his standing on an issue of Internet privacy might not be an answer for a country that really has many things it needs to sort out. Still it would make the US’s token show of democracy a little more interesting.