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article imageJohn McAfee escapes Belize: ‘I am safe’

By Brian LaSorsa     Dec 3, 2012 in Crime
Fugitive and tech mogul John McAfee is impossible to find . . . unless you’re Wired, CNN, or Vice magazine, in which case you can definitely track him down for an on-the-record conversation.
We reported Saturday that, according to McAfee’s official blog, he had been captured by the Belizean government after a secretive interview with CNN.
“We have received an unconfirmed report,” the post read, “that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico.”
McAfee cleared things up in an apologetic note Monday, justifying his alleged detention in Mexico as a complex misdirection meant to advance his escape plans.
“My ‘double,’ carrying on a North Korean passport under my name, was in fact detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior,” he explained, “[but] was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan.”
Nonetheless, McAfee admits that he successfully escaped from Belize this week.
“I am currently safe and in the company of two intrepid journalist from Vice Magazine, and, of course, Sam,” he continued. “We are not in Belize, but not quite out of the woods yet.”
McAfee states he plans to return to Belize one day soon, though, only having left due to an undisclosed series of events that may have risked the capture of his girlfriend. He also criticized recent media reports regarding his predicament.
“The New York times piece,” he wrote. “Not one time mentioned that three of my friends were arrested and are still in prison, or that for a week, they held two women friends, one with a child who was still nursing.”
Robert King, Vice
He maintains, however, that Vice magazine’s upcoming profile will shed a new light on the reasons behind his flee and will permanently eliminate the “drug-crazed madman perspective.”
The exclusive piece, which Vice describes as a “long-form documentary,” will be released in the coming days. But its research didn’t come without a few dramatics.
McAfee published a subsequent apology for interfering with the reporters’ objectivity and “manipulating their recently published photo,” which accidentally included metadata capable of pinpointing McAfee's location.
“I, for my own safety, manipulated the xif data on the image taken from my cellphone,” he wrote, “and created a fake [emergency] so that the urgency of movement led, as I knew it would, to the hasty posting on their website.”
UPDATE: McAfee confirms he is now in Guatemala.
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