Anti-Virus Founder McAfee Released, Heads to U.S. - NBC Bay Area

Anti-Virus Founder McAfee Released, Heads to U.S.

Renegade software tycoon wants to end flight



    Anti-Virus Founder McAfee Released, Heads to U.S.
    Software company founder John McAfee, right, accompanied by his girlfriend "Sam," leaves after a press conference outside the Supreme Court in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. McAfee, 67, who has been identified as a "person of interest" in the killing of his neighbor in Belize, 52-year-old Gregory Faull, has surfaced in public for the first time in weeks, saying Tuesday that he plans to ask for asylum in Guatemala because he fears persecution in Belize. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Silicon Valley's anti-virus software founder John McAfee was released Wednesday from detention in Guatemala and is heading to the United States - specifically Miami, according to reports.

    The Associated Press and Reuters reported that Guatemalan immigration officials have escorted McAfee to the Guatemala City airport, where he said:  "I'm free, I'm going to America.''

    NBC News reported that he is scheduled to take an American Airlines flight to Miami International Airport and arrive at 7:10 p.m.

    "McAfee entered the country illegally," immigration service spokesman Fernando Lucero said. "Guatemala is expelling him. Since his country of origin is the United States, Guatemala is expelling him to the United States."

    McAfee's life has been a whirlwind saga lately.

    He's recently been detained in a Guatemalan detention center because he was awaiting extradition to Belize, where the the 67-year old software tycoon/lifestyle guru has been on the lam from Belizean authorities , who want to question him in connection to the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull. Faull was found shot dead at his home on Nov. 10.

    McAfee is a global figure who has lived all over the place, including his birthplace of England, then New York when he was a programmer for NASA's Institute for Space Studies and also in Santa Clara, where he used to work for Lockheed in the 1980s and later founded McAfee Associates, which today, remains one of the largest anti-virus companies in the world.

    McAfee has lived in Belize since 2008. And Guatemala had denied his political asylum.

    As he was boarding a plane, with onlookers and journalists standing by, McAfee told the Associated Press: "All I can tell you is I'm 10 years older, and I don't know what I'm doing. I'm just going to Miami," he said.

    His 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend who has accompanied him since he went on the run was not with him on the ride to the airport. She was last seen early Wednesday leaving the detention facility crying, after bringing McAfee breakfast.

    To see some video about the Belizean authorities looking for John McAfee, click here.


     Romina Ruiz-Goiriena from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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