In his first extensive interview since he returned to U.S. soil in December, an animated McAfee agreed to meet a USA TODAY reporter at a nondescript apartment building in southeast Portland last week. For four hours, he explained his innocence, engaged in self-deprecation and eviscerated the news media for what he called exploitation.
Part Two of the USA TODAY story can be found HERE.
The interview John McAfee gave to CNBC News today, is one of the best John has given since he hit South Beach. Some of the questions he answered were …
Was this all just a hoax? – “I do love hoaxes … I did a hoax on bath salts once.”
What about John’s thoughts on bath salts? – “Bath salts are used by people that don’t have a lot of money that make them want to eat people’s faces. If I decided to start using drugs again, I have the resources to use good drugs.”
Despite John’s supposed history with alcohol & drug abuse, “I don’t drink or associate with people who drink.” He also said he does not hire people who drink.
He was asked about all the guns? – “It’s certainly accurate that I had guns and lots of guns but they were in the hands of my security guards. I live in a country, sir that has the highest murder rate in the world, check it out on the internet.”
Asked how much money he is worth? – well, he is not quite sure, his accountant would have a better idea … however, he says it is less than 5 million dollars.
Asked whether he’d start a business again? – “Making money is easy. Any idiot can make money, it’s keeping it that’s the hard part.”
After watching all the news coverage about John McAfee in South Beach … he seems to be standing pat and working on the release of Sam and Amy. The media is reporting that the Belize authorities still want to question John about the murder of Greg Faull. However US authorities are saying John McAfee is not wanted for any crime and is free to carry on with his life. I am sure he is working to help get Sam into the USA.
This unbelievable story has been quite the journey so far … almost surreal, and Mr. John McAfee is likely working on the next chapter right now.
According to the report coming from ABC News, John McAfee has told everyone that he walked away from $20 million in Belize and is actually now broke. I posted just yesterday that I thought he was not at The Beacon Hotel and it was probably just more John McAfee deception. He is indeed at The Beacon with a stack of crisp five dollar bills a friend dropped off for him that he flashed for the reporter. It seems that one of the major roles in this saga is deception. The report coming from CNN is that John McAfee faked the heart attack last week to further delay his deportation to Belize.
The Daily Mail is also reporting about John McAfee being broke and faking the heart attack. Below John is posing with some fans he found in South Beach.
They have removed the “I am in South Beach” post from John’s blog and have now posted a Message to the Media asking people to respect John’s privacy and to not come to the Hotel. Trying to hide the name of The Beacon Hotel is a moot point now, as it has been reported nationwide that John is there, from The Miami Herald on the east coast to The Los Angeles Times on the west coast, not to mention on CNN too.
Below is the dramatic first post John made after he took a taxi from the airport to The Beacon Hotel. The original post has since been removed from his blog.
And now John has just posted to his blog that he is on a plane to Miami.
Update 7:30 pm – The Miami Herald is reporting John McAfee has landed in the USA. ABC News has reported, Immediately upon landing, according to passengers on the plane, McAfee’s name was called and he was whisked off the aircraft. Federal officials escorted John through customs and out a side door, avoiding the view of reporters.
Congratulations John on a hard fought battle back to America … Cheers!
I thought it would be fitting to use the famous VICE header to report the news.
A Guatemalan judge has ruled that John McAfee was detained illegally. He will be released from detention at the central immigration center in Guatemala City tomorrow morning. It is also believed he will be allowed to return to the USA.
The Telegraph reports John’s release and quotes his attorney Telésforo Guerra …
“It’s best that McAfee go to the United States, that’s definitely the country where he will be safest,” Mr Guerra said. “In Guatemala, he runs the risk that anything could happen to him.”
Earlier John McAfee was urging people to Boycott Belize to help fight corruption affecting everyone living in Belize. It seems John has been speaking with the Belizean Authorities? A new change of strategy has been posted called A Plea from John.
It seems strange that he is now encouraging folks to leave the safety of the beautiful resorts of Belize and venture into areas like Orange Walk Town … on that note, do not forget to read John McAfee’s Travel Guide that he earlier posted to warn people about travelling through the interior of Belize. Also keep in mind, the stories like what happened to Suzan Boutz when she was travelling the interior of Belize. And finally the most important advice … do not forget to have your Cash Documentation handy.
VICE Magazine has now posted Our Official Statement on the John McAfee Saga, stay tuned … more to come from VICE.
They had been hyping this video conference for a while on whoismcafee. The posts and comments have all been removed from John’s blog, and the original raw video from urecommendmedia has also now been removed.
Who knows what is going on with the videos? … they are now posting some of the footage to John’s blog … how long they will be there is anyone’s guess.
On the longer video that has since been removed, John declares his innocence in the murder of Gregory Faull and describes how the Government and the GSU are out to get him. He says that his life is in grave danger and he will be violently executed if he is returned to Belize. Mr. McAfee also sends an open invitation to Prime Minister Barrow, asking to meet with him to discuss their indifferences and mentions that maybe Barrow does not know how corrupt his country is.
Even though John had wrote on his blog that Belize was his home and he would not leave, he wrote that he would fight corruption not just for himself but for all the people of Belize. That does not seem to be true after John now says in the video his intention was to leave Belize all along and try to make it back to the USA. He knows the only way he could go back to Belize, is if the whole government was completely overhauled … and that is not likely to happen any time soon.
He says they cannot move him for at least 30 days and would prefer they deport him to either the USA or the UK … anywhere but Belize.
The New York Times is running an article written by, who else? … none other than Jeff Wise, titled In Pursuit of McAfee, Media Are Part of Story.
BREAKING NEWS – John McAfee has been given a chance to have his request to remain in Guatemala heard … the process could take anywhere from 1 to 3 months.
Rueters UK – is reporting that during a telephone call they had with John McAfee from detention … John is quoted as wanting to return to the USA.
“I wish I could just pack my bags and go to Miami,” McAfee said. “I don’t think I fully understood the political situation. I’m an embarrassment to the Guatemalan government and I’m jeopardizing their relationship with Belize.”
whoismcafee.com is now releasing the evidence John has gathered outlining his precarious situation.
I believe what sent John McAfee to hospital yesterday was extreme anxiety over what his future holds. The situation he has found himself in must be over the top terrifying, knowing that if he is handed over to the Belizean authorities, they will most likely make him pay for the embarrassment his media campaign against them has caused.
Unfortunately, the penalty John McAfee may ultimately pay for his run to freedom? … serving a life sentence for Gregory Faull’s murder. When, truth be told … it was really John McAfee they meant to execute the night of Nov. 10th.
I am not trying to end this story on a sour note for John McAfee … I am hoping true justice will be served for Mr. Faull’s murder, and John gets to move on with his life.
Sorry for the sad post folks … I am still very much holding hope that John will be OK and find safety … because, I just don’t think John McAfee has killed anyone.
Back on Nov. 24th John posted about the Interview he gave while in hiding to Adam Thomson of The Financial Times. Well, Adam has finally released his interesting story called Four hours with John McAfee. Personally, I don’t think it does much to help John’s situation … more of a little story about how he secretly met up with John McAfee while on the run … at least Adam didn’t try to Rat John out.
There is another positive article written today by WorldMeets.us titled In John McAfee, Prime Minister Barrow may have ‘Met His Match’