McAfee Arrives in Guatemala to Seek Political Asylum

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – John McAfee, the eccentric founder of the antivirus firm that shares his likeness is still hiding from Belize authorities where he’s wanted for questioning in the suspicious death of a neighbor.

Most recently, McAfee crossed into Guatemala where he appears content on staying, for now. There, he intends to seek political asylum.

The antivirus pioneer spoke about the worry he could be removed from the county. “I am not concerned because I have not been charged with a crime, so there is no basis for extradition,” he recently stated to CNN en Español.

McAfee also emphasized he’s not a suspect in the crime and authorities simply just want to question him. So why not cooperate? McAfee has maintained Belize’s government is corrupt and is out to kill him.

The software pioneer who founded McAfee in 1987 had a tense relationship with neighbors who often complained of noise made by his pet dogs. In November, he accused police of poisoning them which he says forced him to put the animals down.

Belize’s government, for its part, has called McAfee’s accusation of government corruption unwarranted with Prime Minister Dean Barrow going so far as to calling the 67-year-old software pioneer “bonkers.”

He has also maintained he’s free to return to the U.S. when he wants – but for now, he has no plans to. “I have a passport. I am in no trouble with the U.S. I can return any time I like,” he stated, according to CNN.

McAfee plans to give a press conference regarding his arrival Guatemala tomorrow. There, he will be accompanied by former Guatemalan Attorney General Telésforo Guerra along with his attorney.

The founder’s antivirus company was sold to tech giant Intel in 2010. In 2009, a report from the New York Times noted his fortune had dwindled to just $4 million – down from its height of $100 million. McAfee has been blogging about his situation via http://www.whoismcafee.com.

You can watch a YouTube video (from IBTimes) of McAfee appearing in public in Guatemala below:

 

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