WITH the long run-in to the 2020 US presidential election officially underway Forest-born John McAfee has declared himself a nominee for the Libertarian Party.

McAfee, founder of the anti-virus computer software company, is currently living in Cuba.

A cryptocurrency champion he admits he hasn’t paid income taxes for eight years and has no plans to do so.

The Inland Revenue Service in America have accused him of using cryptocurrencies in criminal acts against the Government and he believes a grand jury is convening to indict him for tax-related crimes.

While running his campaign in exile, he says he will be using surrogates at conferences, debates and presentations wearing masks of his face.

McAfee, who came third in the 2016 LP presidential nomination campaign, accepts there’s no chance that a Libertarian candidate can win the presidency in 2020. His main aim is to gain a forum to talk to the press and get across his messages about crypto-currency as a means of taking power away from the IRS and allowing citizens to hide their incomes and refuse to pay taxes, which he regards as illegal.

Libertarian Party members will choose their candidate at their national convention next May.