Belize has an extradition agreement with the US, so the next step for McAfee may be a return to the country he fled.
"I'm happy to be going home," McAfee told Guatemalan reporters shortly before boarding a flight that would take him to Miami, Florida. The anti-virus guru, wanted for questioning in Belize concerning the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, was greeted by federal agents when he arrived, and is currently hunkered down in a South Beach hotel.
Belize has an extradition treaty with the US, and it's entirely possible that the next step for the beleaguered internet tycoon is a flight back to his former home. McAfee has always claimed that the root of his troubles was government corruption, and that he would be killed if he went back to Belize. "I simply would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years," said McAfee, when asked what he would do in America.
Meanwhile the Belize authorities would prefer that he "man up and respect our laws," according to Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow. "I don't want to be unkind to the gentleman," said Prime Minister Barrow, "but I believe he is extremely paranoid. I would go so far as to say bonkers."
Certainly McAfee's flight so far has been more Smart than clever, what with tales of burying himself in sand to avoid capture, fleeing to a very unwilling Guatemalan safe haven, letting Vice magazine journalists out him in said safe haven, and getting a graphic novelist to chronicle the saga. "I don't think anyone thinks I murdered my neighbor," said McAfee in an interview at his South Beach haven, "except you, the press." And also the authorities in Belize, but no doubt that will be a tale for another day.