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#452908 - 12/06/12 07:39 PM McAfee news thread
Amanda Syme Offline
Please feel free to post news feeds regarding McAfee here.

Be sure to remember that there is an ongoing investigation into the murder of his neighbour. And above all else, please remember there are victims in this situation. Although it can be enjoyable to speculate and hypothesize all of the theories simply don't have enough basis in fact to be credible..... yet.

Reuters By Sofia Menchu and Lomi Kriel
GUATEMALA CITY | Thu Dec 6, 2012 2:50am EST
(Reuters) - Guatemalan police arrested U.S. software guru John McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would seek to expel him to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder.

McAfee, who had been in hiding for three weeks, crossed into Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend to evade authorities in Belize who wanted to quiz him as "a person of interest" about the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull.

"He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said. McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police and a member of Interpol at the upscale Intercontinental hotel in Guatemala City.

One of Silicon Valley's first entrepreneurs to build an Internet fortune, the 67-year-old made millions of dollars through the antivirus software that now carries his name.

McAfee's behavior has been increasingly erratic in recent years but there is no international arrest warrant for him. Police in Belize say he is not a prime suspect.

Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas said the entrepreneur would be expelled to Belize and he expected the process to be completed by early Thursday morning.

Fernando Lucero, spokesman for Guatemala's immigration department, saidimmediate deportation had been ruled out. McAfee's lawyer Telesforo Guerra was seeking an injunction to have him released and the American said on his blog www.whoismcafee.com that he would not now be returned to the Belize border until a higher judge reviewed the case.

McAfee was taken to a residence belonging to the immigration department guarded by a small group of police.

He had been seeking political asylum in Guatemala, which has been embroiled in a long-running territorial dispute with Belize. .

Residents and neighbors on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, where McAfee has lived in Belize for about four years, say he is eccentric, impulsive, volatile and at times unstable, citing his love of guns and young women.

McAfee has said he believes authorities in Belize will kill him if he turns himself in for questioning. Belize's prime minister has denied this and called him paranoid and "bonkers."

"It's a wild, wild country," McAfee told Reuters in an interview in his hotel room just hours before his detention.

"Everyone sees one part of Belize," he said. "They think it's a wonderful, peaceful, lovely place, blue waters, so McAfee has got to be crazy. Maybe I am crazy. If I were, I wouldn't know."

In Belize, he was often seen with armed bodyguards dressed in camouflage, pistols tucked into his belt. McAfee's slain neighbor had complained about the loud barking of dogs that guarded his exclusive beachside compound.

His run-in with authorities in Belize is a world away from a successful life in the United States, where the former Lockheed systems consultant started McAfee Associates in the late 1980s. McAfee has no relationship now with the company, which was sold to Intel Corp.


There was already a case against McAfee in Belize for possession of illegal firearms, and police had previously raided his property on suspicion he was running a lab to make illegal synthetic narcotics.

He says he has not taken drugs since 1983.

"(Before then) I took drugs constantly, 24 hours of the day, I took them for years and years. I was the worst drug abuser on the planet," McAfee said. "Then I finally went to Alcoholics Anonymous, and that was the end of it."

But he has no regrets about the path his life has taken, or the loss of the lion's share of his fortune over the years and says he is happier now that he cares less for material things.

"My life has not declined," he said. "My life has been on the increase ever since I decided that stuff - houses, money - doesn't mean much. I had more money than I could spend in million lifetimes. Why would I care?"

McAfee says he has been persecuted by Belize's ruling party because he wouldn't pay out some $2 million to it.

"The misunderstanding of the severity of their request for money was my big mistake," McAfee said. "Had I known that, I would maybe have said $2 million is way too much. Let's negotiate something, just don't rape me for the next seven months. Writing a check would have been a lot easier."

The party has denied soliciting money from him.

McAfee has been living in the tiny Central American nation for about four years, and wants to return to live there eventually. But he says he is being framed, and denies any involvement in his neighbor's killing.

"We had one disagreement about a dog. I had disagreements with all my neighbors about my dogs. I had a disagreement with myself about my dogs. They were noisy," he said.

"Why would I leave behind the body and all the evidence?" he asked. "I'm not stupid."

(Additional reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Writing by Simon Gardner; Editing by Philip Barbara, Lisa Shumaker and Patrick Graham)

#452916 - 12/06/12 10:33 PM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Amanda Syme]
awhatukeeguy Offline
Local (Arizona) news just reported that McAfee was taken to the hospital suffering from a possible heart attack.

#452917 - 12/06/12 10:47 PM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: awhatukeeguy]
clover Offline
GUATEMALA CITY – A Guatemala official said the government was going to try to send U.S. software guru John McAfee back to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder.
McAfee -- famous for the anti-virus software that still bears his name -- crossed into Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend to evade authorities in Belize, who want to quiz him as "a person of interest" about the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull.
"He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said.


#452918 - 12/06/12 10:49 PM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Amanda Syme]
Amanda Syme Offline
Arrhythmia brought on by stress - caused him to faint according to reports.

#452923 - 12/07/12 02:10 AM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Amanda Syme]
Ernie B Offline
Give me a break.Just a drama queen.
Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.

#452924 - 12/07/12 02:34 AM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Ernie B]
Short Offline
According to the Guardian (UK):
"The former software mogul John McAfee was taken to hospital in Guatemala on Thursday, after complaining of chest pains while being detained by local authorities."

McAfee refused to go to the hospital:
"He initially refused to go to a hospital, saying he had relied on Chinese herbal medicine after suffering a heart attack in 1993."

And the doctor confirmed that he was fine:
"A government doctor said McAfee's heart rhythm and blood pressure were normal and that he had not suffered a heart attack during the night."

Probably just another practical joke.

Belize better put him under suicide watch once he returns, as I think he is capable of committing suicide and blaming the Government of Belize.
Live and let live

#452930 - 12/07/12 04:44 AM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Short]
Ernie B Offline
I suggest they put him in the zoo.
Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.

#452931 - 12/07/12 04:50 AM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Amanda Syme]
Keller Offline
He is back to the immigration center.

#452933 - 12/07/12 05:31 AM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Keller]
Rykat Offline
I think he should be brought back here and run for President in 2016 that way we can keep the streak going! smile
GOP - The Party of Lincoln.

#452934 - 12/07/12 05:48 AM Re: McAfee news thread [Re: Rykat]
clover Offline
Put an (R) behind his name and you'd vote for him wink

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