Javier Villalba, the attorney for deceased 75-year-old software pioneer McAfee, told media outlet Reuters on Thursday that “at no point” had McAfee shown “any special worry or clue” that would lead anyone to believe he was going to commit suicide.
The death of McAfee has been labeled as a suicide by local Spanish authorities, though autopsy results have not yet been released.
“I had constant telephone contacts with him,” Villalba said to Reuters. “At no point had he shown any special worry or clue that could let us think this could have happened.”
Villalba added that he felt “pain, anger, lack of understanding because it was not justified under any circumstance that this man remained in the jail.”
McAfee was sharing his cell with another inmate but was alone when he died, a jail source said.
McAfee was detained last Oct. 3 at Barcelona airport after years on the run from U.S. authorities. He had been indicted in Tennessee on tax evasion charges and charged in a cryptocurrency fraud case in New York.
Days later he tweeted from prison: “All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”
In a statement released several days before his death, McAfee’s wife Janice released a statement in which she claimed the U.S. federal government wanted her husband to “die in prison” to “make an example of him for speaking out against corruption within their government agencies.” She added that “There is no hope for him ever having a fair trial in America because there is no longer any justice in America.”
This is an excerpt from the National File.
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