Police in Belize are dismissing reports of the capture of John McAfee, the former founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley anti-virus company that still bears his name, and the prime suspect in the murder of his ex-patriot island neighbor.
McAfee himself confirmed that he is still on the lam in a midnight post to his blog, whoismcafee.com, titled, “I Am Safe”, claiming that he used an earlier blog post and a double to dupe the media and Mexican authorities into turning their attention to a suspect caught at the Belize-Mexico border with a North Korean passport.
“I apologize for the silence, and misdirection,” said McAfee, in his blog post. “I am currently safe and in the company of two intrepid journalist from Vice Magazine, and, of course, Sam. We are not in Belize, but not quite out of the woods yet. I will do a more detailed posting later today if all goes well. My “double”, carrying on a North Korean passport under my name, was in fact detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior, but due to indifference on the part of authorities was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan. He is now safely out of Mexico.
The post claimed that Vice Magazine will publish a video from McAfee later today.
McAfee goes on to say that he left Belize to shelter girlfriend Sam, who has “been my go-between and my eyes and ears in the outside world,” and whose safety he believes to be in jeopardy. He said he will return to Belize once he feels Sam is safe.
“My fight is in Belize, and I can do little in exile,” he said. “My lifeline of information pertaining to the inner workings of the government depends on my physical presence.”
Officials say the 67-year-old McAfee is using his blog to build an international base of public support following the Nov. 11 shooting death of neighbor and fellow American businessman Gregory Viant Faull. McAfee had reportedly been seen quarrelling with Faull in previous weeks but maintains that he is innocent of the shooting, even using his blog to post a $25,000 reward for the capture of Faull’s killer.
Reports and interviews just prior to the shooting had painted a raw picture of the former tech great as a man obsessed with mind- and sexual performance-enhancing drugs who blogged regularly about his conquests with local girls on a drug-culture message board called BlueLight. He was also reported to have a variety of weapons and semi-aggressive guard dogs, the latter being a major point of contention between the two neighbors.
But in posts on his site and subsequent interviews, McAfee claimed he does not drink or do drugs and that the drug-related posts he admits publishing under his Stuffmonger moniker were part of an “elaborate hoax” to create the longest thread ever on BlueLight. He has also claimed that politicians and other officials in Belize were corrupt and determined to undermine his mainland-based biotech venture, even going so far as to raid it under an anti-gang warrant.
A Belize police spokesman said they have no news of an arrest and continue to search for McAfee.