Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Arrested

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 6 2012 9:41 AM

Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Has Been Arrested

US anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee walks with his girlfriend next to the Supreme Court in Guatemala City

Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

Computer programming guru, antivirus pioneer, and generally strange person John McAfee was arrested yesterday by Guatemalan police for illegally entering the country and now faces expulsion to neighboring Belize, which he fled after learning that he was wanted for questioning about the murder of his neighbor.

Reuters with the details:

McAfee, who had been in hiding for three weeks, crossed into Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend to evade authorities in Belize who wanted to quiz him as "a person of interest" about the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull.
"He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said. McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police and a member of Interpol at the upscale Intercontinental hotel in Guatemala City.

McAfee's behavior has been increasingly strange in recent years—something that was documented in great detail by Gizmodo's Jeff Wise—but police in Belize have stressed that he is not the prime suspect in Faull's death. Nonetheless, McAfee went on the run, voicing his fears along the way that the Belizean government is out to kill him. His lawyer has suggested that he will fight any expulsion.

Making the already weird story that much weirder, a pair of Vice magazine reporters had been traveling with McAfee while he was on the run, and in the process accidently exposed his location earlier this week. They also filmed his arrest yesterday:

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



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