“What’s a better story, millionaire mad man on the run,” John McAfee said. “You [the media] saved my ass. Because you paid attention to the story. As long as you are reporting, it is hard to whack somebody that the world is watching.”
McAfee, who is back in the U.S. after being deported from Guatemala Dec. 12, has maintained those in power in Belize want him dead.
McAfee was arrested in Guatemala Dec. 4 after entering the country illegally from Belize where he is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull, who was found shot to death Nov. 10.
While Guatemala officials debated whether to send him back to Belize or grant his request for asylum, McAfee supposedly had a minor heart attack in his jail cell. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance.
He told ABC News, however, his illness was merely a ploy to buy time until a judge could hear his case and stay his deportation.
“It was a deception but who did it hurt? I look pretty healthy, don’t I?” he told ABC.
When asked by ABC if he considers Belize officials incompetent, he was blunt: “I was on the run with a 20-year-old girl for three-and-a-half weeks inside their borders and everyone was looking for me, and they did not catch me.”
“I escaped, was captured and they tried to send me back,” he said. “Now I’m sitting in Miami. There had to be some ineptness.”
If the Belize Police decide to charge McAfee with an extraditable offense and request his extradition, however, he could be sent back to the country — the U.S. has an extradition treaty with Belize.
McAfee says his life would be in danger if he were to be returned to Belize because he is in possession of sensitive information about official corruption and refuses to give money to local politicians.
Belize police have refuted McAfee’s claims and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has publicly expressed doubts about McAfee’s mental state, calling him “bonkers.”
Although McAfee has denied having anything to do with the murder of his neighbor, he told ABC he is more interested in getting his girlfriends, 20-year-old Sam and 17-year-old Amy, out of Belize then in clearing his name.
During the time McAfee lived in Belize, he reportedly was involved in various quarrels with neighbors and the police regarding complaints his dogs were aggressive and he kept illegal weapons and drug paraphernalia in his home. McAfee admitted his dogs were troublesome and that Faull had complained about them, but has said he did not shoot Faull who lived a few houses down from him.
McAfee’s month on the run with his 20-year-old girlfriend Sam garnered global attention due to his contact with reporters and frequent blog posts detailing his escapades, which included donning disguises, hiding out in dingy motel rooms and even the jungle.
Now that he is in Miami, McAfee says he does not know where he will live.
He also ABC he is penniless — he left $20 million in investments behind in Belize where he also owns about 15 properties and the beach-front compound in which he lived.
“I have nothing now,” McAfee said. “I’ve got a pair of clothes and shoes, my friend dropped off some cash.”
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