From Hiding, McAfee Sends Essay About Pirates To Wired ReporterBy: Chris Crum - November 14, 2012
The John McAfee saga just keeps getting more interesting by the hour.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, McAfee, the creator of the antivirus software of the same name (which is now owned by Intel), is in hiding as he is wanted by police in Belize for questioning, in connection with the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull.
As he is in hiding, he has been frequently contacting Wired reporter Joshua Davis to share his side of the story. Davis has been providing the rest of us with updates along the way, via Twitter, audio, and of course Wired articles. The latest one from Davis comes as McAfee has sent him an essay, trying to frame the background of his story, and why is hiding rather than turning himself in.
The essay begins by discussing how Belize was founded by pirates, and essentially operates as a “pirate haven” today. He concludes the piece, by saying:
Over the next few days, I will tell my side of the sad story unfolding around me and tragically affecting my closest friends, many of which have been arrested and are currently being detained under the draconic laws enacted by the current Prime Minister.
Consider Amy. She was the girlfriend of Arthur, the leader of the Taylor Street Gang in Belize City. Arthur attempted to turn himself in to the police. His hands were handcuffed behind his back and he was then shot multiple times. Amy came to my home unannounced and requested asylum from the GSU (Gang Suppression Unit) shortly after Arthur’s murder. I had never seen her before and knew nothing about Arthur other than what I had read in the press. I gave her asylum.
This fact alone would be sufficient answer to my critics that insist that if I were innocent I would simply turn myself in. The list of people who have died while in the custody of Belizean police, from suffocating on their own vomit, hanging themselves, overdosing on drugs, being beaten to death by fellow inmates, being shot while trying to escape, etc. would fill a phone book from an average American town. It is a convenient method of silencing those whom the government deems undesirable.
Meanwhile, according to another report from Davis, McAfee says he is currently in disguise, though he admitted the disguise he is wearing would probably make him look like a murderer. It also makes little sense why he would describe said disguise to a member of the press if he hopes not to get caught, and if he is actually in said disguise.
Either way, assuming he’s not apprehended soon, it sounds like we’ll be hearing more from him. Hopefully Davis will keep us all posted. He tweeted about a half hour ago that police have charged McAfee’s British bodyguard and his Belizean wife of possessing a firearm and ammunition without a license.