McAfee expelled from Guatemala, headed back to U.S.

Former tech guru is wanted for questioning in Belize in connection with a murder in that country

By , Computerworld |  Security, John McAfee

McAfee has denied any connection with Faull's death and has consistently maintained that he would be harmed and possibly killed if he were to surrender to Belize police.

He reiterated those claims in his interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday afternoon. McAfee claimed that he has offered on numerous occasions to speak with Belize police via phone. "This is not an issue of talking about murder," McAfee maintained today. "It's an issue of putting their hands on my person."

McAfee, who is believed to have made over a $100 million from his antivirus company, has been living in Belize for the past several years. He has established a drug company there called QuorumEx that is focused on manufacturing a herbal antibacterial compound.

McAfee has been in trouble with Belize law enforcement before this. Earlier this year, more than three-dozen fully armed 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.

McAfee's life on the run from Belize law enforcement have been closely watched and widely chronicled. McAfee himself has not missed an opportunity to speak with media outlets, even when supposedly hiding from Belize police.

He has also been posting regular updates of his travails on a blog that appears to be maintained by several of his supporters. Two days ago, a Montreal-based company announced that it has secured movie and TV rights to McAfee's life story.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed. His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com.

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