Antivirus pioneer McAfee may be released from detention in Guatemala

He is likely to seek for immediate return to U.S.

By , Computerworld |  Security, John McAfee

McAfee, and his girlfriend have been on the run from Belize police since Nov. 10. Last week the pair, along with a couple of reporters from Vice magazine, managed to slip into Guatemala after what they portrayed as an often dramatic three-week run from Belize police.

Immigration authorities in Guatemala detained McAfee soon after his arrival in that country. Barely a day later, his petition for political asylum in Guatemala was rejected and McAfee was scheduled for deportation back to Belize last Friday.

Shortly after the decision was announced, McAfee collapsed in his cell in an apparent heart attack and had to be rushed to a Guatemalan hospital. Some saw the entire episode as a desperate bid by the antivirus wizard to delay his deportation back to Belize. McAfee was later returned to detention after doctors diagnosed his condition as probably stress-related rather than a heart attack.

In the weeks that he has been on the run, McAfee has tried to portray himself as a largely misunderstood and misrepresented individual. In an interview with ABC News, the McAfee faulted the mainstream media for portraying him as an erratic individual whose actions were fueled at least in part, by an addiction to psychotropic drugs.

However, McAfee's actions and the circumstances surrounding his life for the past few months have not helped his cause. Earlier this year, more than three-dozen Belize police raided his home on suspicion that he was operating a meth lab in that country. Though the raid yielded nothing incriminating, the chief of Belize's gang suppression unit has been quoted as saying that McAfee is believed to be involved with criminal gangs in that country.

Over the past several weeks, McAfee has voluntarily granted several interviews to major news media services even when he was running from the Belize police. On Tuesday, however, he accused reporters from one publication of deliberately leaking information about his whereabouts to Guatemalan authorities.

McAfee founded McAfee Inc., now a subsidiary of Intel, in 1987. He is believed to have made more than $100 million through McAfee but has had little association with the antivirus software company in recent years. He moved to Belize several years ago to establish a drug company called QuorumEx.


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