NOTORIOUS NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sounded alarm bells following the suicide of antivirus pioneer John McAfee in a Barcelona prison cell – that Julian Assange “could be next.”
“Europe should not extradite those accused of non-violent crimes to a court system so unfair — and prison system so cruel — that native-born defendants would rather die than become subject to it. Julian Assange could be next,” Snowden tweeted.
Fugitive Edward Snowden posted an eerie tweet following the apparent suicide of antivirus guru John McAfee[/caption]
The former NSA computer wiz tweeted that UK prisoner and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “could be next”[/caption]
The antivirus pioneer and billionaire John McAfee, 75, was pronounced dead on Wednesday after reportedly hanging himself in a Barcelona, Spain prison[/caption]
He continued: “Until the system is reformed, a moratorium should remain.”
The 35-year-old computer wiz became a high-demand fugitive himself after serving as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and ex-contractor for the United States Government.
He was pronounced dead hours after a judge ordered his extradition to the United States for tax evasion.
Snowden is wanted by federal authorities for violating the Espionage Act of 17 and theft of government property[/caption]
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan federal prison cell back in 2019[/caption]
Shortly afterward, McAfee publicly disputed that the pedophile billionaire died of a suicide[/caption]
So far there appear to be no signs of foul play, the Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.
McAfee was described as getting been dragged from his cell after reportedly hanging himself – with a justice department official insisting: “Everything points to suicide.”
The fugitive, who had authorities in Belize after him over a murder of an American expat as well as the feds pursuing him for tax evasion – expressed fears his life was at risk.
In his tweet two years ago, McAfee appeared to show off a tattoo reading “whackd” as he accused US officials of targeting him.
Snowden remains a fugitive after Russia granted him asylum[/caption]
Assange’s extradition to the US was temporarily held up by a British judge back in January citing an attempted suicide[/caption]
“Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: ‘We’re coming for you McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself’,” he wrote.
“I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm.”
The missive was almost in direct response to the wealthy scion’s suspicion that pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein didn’t die of a suicide.
“His cellmate was taken from his cell six hours before his death, the video cameras were off and the guards in that cell block were sent home early due to cleaning.
A British judge held up Assange’s extradition to the US over concerns he might try to commit another suicide attempt[/caption]
In a tweet from two years ago, McAfee tweeted: “I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd. Check my right arm”[/caption]
“You add all that stuff up, and I don’t see how a suicide is possible,” he said only months after Epstein was found dead inside a federal jail in Manhattan.
In May 2013, Snowden fled to Hong Kong after ditching his job at an National Security Agency (NSA) facility in Hawaii, and then proceeded to leak millions of classified NSA documents from a hotel room – mostly through Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks platform.
On June 21, 2013, federal prosecutors unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 17 and theft of government property.
Snowden managed to avoid capture and trial after Russia granted him asylum in 2013.
He now lives at a closely guarded location in Moscow.
Snowden has recently said that he would like to return back to the US, only if he’s granted a fair trial.
He said returning to the States is the “ultimate goal.”
Meanwhile, since being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy by Metropolitan Police officers in London back in April 2019 after hiding out there for seven years – Julian Assange was taken into custody.
He remained held on charges for publishing a cache of leaked documents in 2010 and 2011 in a conspiracy with US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.
The 500,000 secret files detailed aspects of military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and sensitive diplomatic cables about Guantanamo Bay.
A US grand jury indicted him on 18 charges last year, including 17 under the Espionage Act.
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In January, a UK court temporarily held up the now 49-year-old’s extradition to the US.
Old Bailey District Judge Vanessa Baraitser considered the autistic inmate’s previous suicide attempt that suggested “the overall impression is of a depressed and sometimes despairing man.”
In her ruling, Judge Baraitser said: “I am satisfied the procedures described by the US will not prevent Mr Assange from finding a way to commit suicide.
“For this reason I have decided extradition would be oppressive by reason of mental harm and I order his discharge.”