UPDATE Vice Journalists Reveal McAfee's Secret Location

UPDATE Vice Journalists Reveal McAfee's Secret Location

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John McAfee, anti-virus pioneer, fled Belize authorities into Guatemala after his neighbor's murder.

John McAfee, founder of McAfee Anti Virus and would-be hallucinogenic bath salts manufacturer, has fled Belize for sanctuary in Guatemala. The Belize authorities consider McAfee a person of interest in the killing of American expatriate Gregory Faull. McAfee claims it's all part of a government conspiracy, and that the powers that be in Belize want to kill him; in response, Belize prime minister Dean Barrow described McAfee as "bonkers".

McAfee's location was blown by his latest confidants, journalists from Vice magazine who posted a picture of themselves with McAfee in Guatemala. Regrettably the journalists failed to scrub embedded location data from the iPhone snapshot when they uploaded it, enabling alert Twitter user Simple Nomad to work out where they were when the shot was taken.

McAfee briefly tried to pretend that the gaffe was all part of his cunning plan to keep his true location hidden by spreading inaccurate information, but that explanation soon fell apart.

"I apologize for all of the misdirections over the past few days," said McAfee in a blog post, adding "I am in Guatemala and will be meeting with Guatemalan officials this morning." He has since hired a lawyer, and presumably will be preparing to defend himself against whatever charges the Belize government intends to throw at him.

Source: Guardian

UPDATE: Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla has announced that his government intends to boot McAfee out of Guatemala.

"He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," said the Interior Minister. McAfee has been taken into custody by Guatemalan police and a member of Interpol.

Though McAfee's lawyer seeks an injunction, the Guatemalan authorities have announced that, if all goes according to plan, McAfee will be back in Belize by Thursday.

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Man, with journalist like these who needs enemies?

And then he accidentally posted a nude foto of himself instead of the "McAfee is innocent" banner he'd been working on for days.

He should consider going to North Korea. Sounds like they'd fit very well together.

You have to work REAL hard to make yourself look like a bigger ass than a bath salt junky who says that a city is trying to frame him for murder.

Quaxar:
He should consider going to North Korea. Sounds like they'd fit very well together.

He might be able to expose the location of that unicorn!

Note to self even with a geo tag location....... They still have to wait for this guy to turn himself in..... He will make a fortune if they make a stealth game about this guy. McAfee: Stealth Sand Digging.

I get the feeling if Saxton Hale was a real person, he'd have alot in common with this guy.

Lt. Rocky:
I get the feeling if Saxton Hale was a real person, he'd have alot in common with this guy.

The only difference is that Saxton wouldn't need to flee to Guatemala. He would easily kill anyone in Belize who tried to get him instead. And since there's 312,698 people living in Guatemala, his Health would be over 1000000+, where as Mr. McAfee probably only has 12, 13 Health...

Brilliant journalist. He didn't realize that iPhones embed GPS location into photos?

Pathetic.

I thought only camwhores and kids that hurt animals did mishaps like that..

Ah, but what about his body double? Is he still hiding in Mexico? Inquiring minds want to know.

Smegma:
Brilliant journalist. He didn't realize that iPhones embed GPS location into photos?

Call me conspiratorial, but I reckon he knew exactly what he was doing.

McAfee's implicated in a murder, for all his ranting about Belize wanting to assassinate him (because... tacos?) I'd still side with the authorities. A photo with a GPS location tag is the perfect opportunity for a 'what me? I had no idea!' moment and a metric arse-load of free publicity across a whole range of sites that would never normally cover such an article.

(Reads update)

So two governments now think he's bat-shit insane. The guy had to have been sampling his products.

Wait, so he's going to be thrown out of Guatemala for entering the country illegally? Isn't that his right as a human being to sneak into a foreign country whenever he feels like it? Oh wait, I forgot. That only applies to people when they come to America, not when Americans (yes, I know he was living in Belize) go to other countries.

fix-the-spade:

Call me conspiratorial, but I reckon he knew exactly what he was doing.

Then you've clearly never seen anything from VBS or vice magazine. These are the guys who routinely visit and interview drug dealers. The people who interviewed Joshua Blahyi who was responsible for easily more than ten thousand deaths, who would eat the hearts of children he had slain. Vice reporters got low Russian mob members to escort them into North Korean run territories. They interviewed Alexander Shulgin who invented ecstasy in his home where he continues to invent new drugs. They tracked down arms dealers selling nuclear dirty bombs on the black market.

Getting McAfee caught is the absolute last thing they wanted to do. In fact, it will almost certainly hurt their business by making it more difficult for them to get interviews with such people. And getting those interviews is what makes VBS so popular.

LordLundar:
(Reads update)

So two governments now think he's bat-shit insane. The guy had to have been sampling his products.

Yes, snorting anti-virus is a human tragedy. Especially the desktop version.

 

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