John McAfee may have been arrested

mcafeeJohn McAfee is the American computer programmer and founder of McAfee. You will probably have heard of him as he was one of the first people to design anti-virus software and to develop a virus scanner.

He was recently wanted for questioning with regards the murder of his neighbour, Greg Faull. Since then he keeps saying he innocent and then left the country to avoid the authorities. McAfee said he went into hiding so he could stay close to his Belize home and conduct his own investigation into Mr Faull’s death, adding that he had little faith that the island’s police would find the murderer.

In an interview with US TV station NBC, Mr McAfee offered a reward of $25,000 (£15,700) for the capture of the “person or persons” behind the killing.

He has now apparently been arrested by police in Guatemala on Wednesday for being in the country illegally. McAfee was seeking political asylum there.

He was travelling with Robert King, a Vice photographer, who first reported he was detained. It also looks as if King accidentally contributed to McAfee’s capture by posting a photo on the internet that contained location data.

Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said Mr McAfee was arrested at a hotel in the capital, Guatemala City.

However, the Daily Mail report that this is not quite true.

Belize national police confirmed to MailOnline on Sunday that the whereabouts of the multimillionaire software developer are still unknown.

Additionally, authorities have issued no arrest warrant in the murder of Gregory Faull.

However, a post McAfee’sblog is apparently from him while in jail.

I am in jail in Guatemala. Vastly superior to Belize jails. I asked for a computer and one magically appeared. The coffee is also excellent.

Only time will tell what will happen. No one has a crystal ball. However, I would be truly shocked if I did not conduct the press conference tomorrow as I had originally planned.

Stay tuned.

I believe, by the way, that blogging from a jail cell might be a groundbreaking activity. Let’s see if it catches on.


It appears this odd story will keep getting stranger.

Source: BBC, Wired


Posted on December 6, 2012, in News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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