McAfee says he's left Belize, in on the run
BY MARK STEVENSON Associated Press
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
12/04/12 at 6:23 AM
MEXICO CITY - Software company founder John McAfee said Monday he has left Belize and is still on the run, adding "we are not in Belize, but not quite out of the woods yet."
McAfee claimed in a blog posting he had evaded authorities by staging an elaborate distraction in neighboring Mexico. It was a turn typical of the bizarre saga of the eccentric anti-virus company founder wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of a fellow American ex-pat.
In an email to The Associated Press, McAfee confirmed a posting to his website in which he described, in what appeared to be joking tones, how he mounted the ruse.
"My 'double,' carrying on (sic) a North Korean passport under my name, was detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior," McAfee wrote in the posting, "but due to indifference on the part of authorities (he) was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan."
McAfee did not describe the entire plan, nor did he say where exactly he was now. In a previous interview with the AP, McAfee had said he had no plans to leave Belize.
"I'm not going to leave this country," he had told the AP. "I love this country, this is my home. I intend to fight the injustice that's here from here, I can't do much from outside, can I?"
Police in Belize have called him a "person of interest" in the slaying of fellow American Gregory Viant Faull, and asked him to turn himself in for questioning.
Faull was shot to death in early November. McAfee acknowledges that Faull had complained about his dogs, which were poisoned shortly before Faull's killing, but says he didn't kill Faull.
In Monday's post, McAfee said he left Belize because he thought "Sam," the young Belizean woman who has accompanied him since he went on the lam, was in danger.
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