John McAfee, the 67-year-old retired founder of McAfee, Inc., the world-renowned antivirus software company now owned by Intel, has since November 11 been on the run from authorities in Belize, where he's lived for the past three years and where he is now wanted for questioning in the murder of a man described as McAfee's neighbor. But on Monday morning, a new post appeared on a blog called "WhoIsMcAfee.com," allegedly authored by McAfee, who said he'd fled the country with one of his companions and lovers, a young woman named Samantha, and was in the company of several Vice Magazine reporters. As McAfee wrote:
I apologize for the silence, and misdirection. I am currently safe and in the company of two intrepid journalist from Vice Magazine, and, of course, Sam. We are not in Belize, but not quite out of the woods yet. I will do a more detailed posting later today if all goes well. My “double”, carrying on a North Korean passport under my name, was in fact detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior, but due to indifference on the part of authorities was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan. He is now safely out of Mexico.
We are are well, but extremely tired. Vice Magazine, later today will do a posting, with video.
I left Belize because of a series of events which led both Sam and I to believe that she was in danger of capture.
McAfee has used his blog and other media outlets to maintain his innocence in the murder investigation, while on the run, but continually says he fears unjust prosecution or death by Belizean authorities if apprehended. Wired has an extensive look back at the months leading up to McAfee's flight, including his admitted posts on online drug forums about taking bath salts, which McAfee said was an elaborate practical joke.