John McAfee — the antivirus software pioneer who is on the run from police seeking to quiz him about the murder of a neighbour — is about to do the unthinkable: He is about to take time off blogging to concentrate on being chased by police.
The billionaire inventor of McAfee antivirus software told his friend Chad Essley yesterday morning that “something had happened” and that he needed to move to another location.
He may be out of contact for a few days.
He continues to evade Belizean authorities who want to question him in connection with the recent murder of a fellow US citizen.
He has railed against the government of the tiny Caribbean country that he now calls home, and vowed to uncover the “injustices” to which he claims he and other residents have been subjected.
On Saturday, he launched The Hinterland, a blog that not only details his account of life on the run, but also provides links to articles and other online material decrying the Belizean government.
Mr McAfee says he is still in Belize. A recent blog entry even has fanciful descriptions of his camouflage: “I darkened the skin of my face, neck and hands carefully with shoe polish... I stuffed my cheeks with chewed bubblegum stuck to the outside of my upper and lower molars, making my face appear much fatter.
“I feel an obligation to try to... expose the abuses that have occurred to myself, to other foreigners and to Belizeans,” he said. “There is a history of governments changing when spotlights are placed on their actions.”
Mr McAfee is wanted for questioning over the murder of Gregory Faull, 52, a retired builder from Florida, who was shot metres from the millionaire’s home more than a week ago. Police say McAfee is not a suspect, but is needed to help with their enquiries.
Officials say the poisoning of four of Mr McAfee’s dogs may be linked to the murder of Faull, who lived down the beach.
Mr McAfee says the government wants him out of the way: “They would like an investment giving the party in power all the money and letting them distribute it and keeping what they wish. I donated directly,” he said. “Nobody was able to skim any cream. Nobody was able to get anything.”
McAfee says he has given authorities about US$7m in donations
He claims authorities began targeting him in April when the Gang Suppression Unit, a branch of the police, stormed one of his properties in search of drugs and illegal firearms.
A month later, he says that he was accused of producing antibiotics without a licence when, in fact, he says he was working on topical antiseptics.
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