John McAfee, the security software pioneer who is wanted in connection with a murder in Belize, appears to have launched a blog to defend himself while on the lam.
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"The Hinterland - The official blog of John McAfee" debuted on Nov. 17, with McAfee writing of a couple of reporters who he claims appear to be out to get him through the press by emphasizing his dark side. One, he claims, is seeking revenge over incriminating photos McAfee believes the reporter thinks McAfee sent to the writer's wife.
According to news reports, the 67-year-old McAfee is the prime suspect in the shooting death of Gregory Faull, an American expatriate and a neighbor of McAfee's.
ABC News and The Register report that the blog has been authenticated by Chad Essley, a friend of McAfee's whose upcoming graphic novel about McAfee is plugged prominently. ABC News also reports that a man identifying himself as McAfee confirmed the blog is his.
McAfee writes that he is on run with a 20-year-old female named Sam, photos of whom are in the blog, along with a post from her. McAfee says a handful of friends and associates have been rounded up by police over the past week or so. His posts are filled with dramatic descriptions of his actions (including returning to his home in disguise to find police digging up his dead dogs and cutting off their heads) and lay bare his suspicions about Belize authorities.
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"The first two days Sam and I were on the run we were far from our house. I felt helpless, especially given the fact that so many of our friends and workers were being arrested. I realized that unless I knew, moment by moment, what was happening, my chances of coming out of this intact, both emotionally and physically, were slim. I needed to be close to area where the events occurred and needed to watch, and hear, the actions of the authorities. I also needed to do my own investigation, since the police only seemed to be investigating my whereabouts. My safety is contingent on the truth being discovered. I today announced on NBC Television that I am offering a $25,000 reward for the capture of the person or persons responsible for Mr. Faul's murder."
Another post urges readers to study up on Belize's prime minister and a Gang Suppression Unit that McAfee says has been used to go after the prime minister's critics and enemies, apparently including McAfee himself, as he refers to a raid of his compound by the unit in April. McAfee says the government was wrongfully going after him for illegal drug production and possession of firearms.
McAfee pledges that the blog will stay updated even if he is captured:
"I have pre-written enough material to keep this blog alive for at least a year."
McAfee started McAfee, Inc. in 1987 and resigned in 1994, before McAfee merged with Network General to form Network Associates (the company later reorganized, shed some acquisitions and McAfee returned to its old name). As for John McAfee, he amassed a fortune once estimated at about $100 million before the economy tanked and he moved to Belize a few years ago.
His exotic relocation and recent actions have lured enterprising reporters to McAfee's south-of-the-border, former paradise. A CNN correspondent tells of visiting McAfee's beachfront property (or the beach in front of his property) via golf cart, and running into one of seven McAfee girlfriends who live together.