A familiar face, but a new one to politics, is running for the nation's nuclear codes. John McAfee, best known for his antivirus software, has filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for president, and he tells CNNMoney he'll be founding a new party called the Cyber Party. "I have a huge underground following on the Web," McAfee says. "I promise you I will win because I have the votes." A campaign director tells the Hill that though McAfee was born in the UK, he's eligible to run for president because he was born on a US Army base to an American serviceman. A campaign website has already popped up, and McAfee, who says he won't be shy about his "checkered background," has promised an "official announcement" later today.
The filing didn't exactly come out of the blue: He had earlier told Wired that he'd received "thousands" of messages in support and his advisers were "pressing me to run." He added he was "still in a quandary about whether to run myself or find someone else for my party." Now he says spying and a "dysfunctional" government that "lacks an understanding of the basic technology that runs the world" have pushed him to take up the call. When asked about rivals Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, McAfee says both are "very smart," but Trump is the man to beat. "If I didn't enter, he would've won," McAfee says. Reactions on Twitter ranged from "You have a lot of character and that's good enough" to "Hope. Change. Bath Salts." (McAfee could sure use the security.)