John McAfee Flees Belize For Guatemala

McAfee escapes Belize, where he is wanted for questioning

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 2:40 PM PDT
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Courtesy of Vice magazine, Robert King

John McAfee shakes the hand of Guatemalen lawyer and former Attorney General Telesforo Guerra. December 2012

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For a man on the run, John McAfee enjoys his publicity. And VICE magazine is eager to please.

The renegade software mogul -- on the run from authorities in Belize, where he is wanted for questioning in connection to a murder -- is in Guatemala, where a pair of correspondents from the New York-based publication have flown to document his every move.

Today: breakfast. "Crepes and fresh fruit," the VICE confirmed. And then after that? Hiring an attorney: Telesforo Guerra, the uncle of McAfee's 20-year old girlfriend and a former attorney general of the Central American republic.

McAfee, 67, is wanted in connection to the shooting death of Gregory Faull, McAfee's neighbor in the exclusive beachfront community of Ambergris Caye along the Belizean coast.

McAfee is a notable eccentric: enriched by the development and sale of the Santa Clara-based antivirus software company that still bears his name, he spent the 1990s practicing yoga and engaging in extreme sports in Colorado and New Mexico (finding time to sell off a chat client during the first dot-com boom).

McAfee has been in Belize since 2008. He claimed to be working on a new form of antibiotic, but he is also reputed to be a self-taught expert on the psychoactive drug in bath salts.

Since he went on the run last month, he has provided interested parties a continuous stream of information: he gave in-depth interviews to Wired Magazine, spoke regularly with correspondents from all the major news agencies, and he started his own blog at www.whoismcafee.com.

McAfee and his current journalist companions somehow crossed the border from Belize into Guatemala evading capture and customs. VICE magazine said it will release a video documentary and an accompanying magazine piece sometime in the near future.

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