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‘Q’ Post on John McAfee Instagram Page Unleashes Conspiracy Wave

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An Instagram post uploaded after John McAfee’s death was announced Wednesday appeared to be a shoutout to the QAnon conspiracy theory, turning the apparent suicide in prison of a notorious software impresario into a surreal moment while sparking a frenzy of baseless speculation.

Posted around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the image showed just a black letter “Q” on a white background. It came after McAfee was found dead of what Spanish authorities believe to be suicide in a prison cell earlier the same day. A court had just approved his extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion, and he was wanted in Belize for the murder of his neighbor.

The post was not the first time someone besides McAfee appeared to post to his Instagram. The account’s previous post, a “Free McAfee” image, was uploaded Oct. 5, the day he was arrested in Spain. In 2019, after a different arrest, another post indicated that the account was being run by McAfee’s social media team. “We are under good information our dear friend John McAfee is being unlawfully detained by authorities. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support,” the 2019 post read.

Neither McAfee’s lawyers nor........

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