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John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize 243

It looks like the long and winding road of the John McAfee saga is going to continue for at least a little longer. McAfee posted a detailed blog post about how he was able to elude Belizean authorities and sneak out of the country. From the article: "'It's visually interesting and it is mostly a happy story — in line with most Christmas stories,' he wrote. The former software executive describes an operation that was heavy in advance planning and trickery. He says he planted a lookalike ('my double — a man I have known for over 30 years and who years ago legally changed his name to John McAfee') and had him picked up by authorities in the northern Belize-Mexico border, while he and a group of friends and reporters loaded up a truck and headed in the opposite direction, to a southern town called Punta Gorda. With the news that he'd been arrested broadcasting on a local news station, McAfee figured that checkpoint security would relax."
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John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize

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  • by djl4570 ( 801529 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @06:26AM (#42409829) Journal
    I don't give a flying fuck what he says. I want to know the facts, not the accusations and spin.
    What really happened in Belize?
    Did he kill anyone?
    If yes, wouldn't it be righteous to allow the authorities to properly investigate the circumstances of the homicide?
    My sense is that Slashdot has been in the tank for McAfee since this started.
    I want the truth and the whole story.
  • by Ash Vince ( 602485 ) * on Friday December 28, 2012 @06:43AM (#42409877) Journal

    Exactly! I've had a hard time finding any real details beyond hyperbole. So many people are screaming guilty and scum, but I can't find many specific details to conclude anything. Can anyone enlighten?

    The only details anyone apart from him knows is that his neighbour was shot dead. McAfee seems to believe that his neighbour was killed by a government death squad that was looking for him but got the wrong house so refused to even talk to the police investigating the shooting. The police view hiding from them as suspicious (lol, name a police officer who wouldn't) so are becoming more and more keen to talk to him.

    The only way we will ever find out anything close to the truth is if the cops catch the killer without his help and he is proved innocent or if he gets extradited back to Belize and decides to plead guilty. Neither are that likely to my mind.

  • by flyneye ( 84093 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @07:47AM (#42410023) Homepage

    Well, in Julians case, attention whoring seems to be saving his freedom and probably his life.
    If it weren't for attention whores, there'd be no entertainment, no stage, no t.v., no radio and no girlies with daddy issues who wanna cuddle up to ol' fly.
    Let's not make "attention whore" quite such an anathema.

  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @12:32PM (#42411441) Journal

    ludicrously far fetched. The sort of government who send death squads are not exactly likely to be gently with a false McAfee...who deliberately aided and abetted

    You are thinking like the middle class. Try it like this: "I'll give you 5 million if you pretend to be me and get the crap beat out of you for a year."

    I suspect roughly 1/4 the population would go for such a deal.

  • by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @02:30PM (#42412311)
    The police want the truth too. He's wanted for questioning. He lived next door to someone who was murdered. He is a suspect until cleared, and maybe a material witness. The police have wanted nothing but to check with him about those things. He's done nothing but run and give excuses why he's running. If he weren't a criminal, why didn't he go to the US or UK embassies and invite the authorities in for questioning? The closest I could get to an answer to that is that he's a US tax evader, so, being a criminal facing lots of US jail time, he was avoiding anywhere with an extradition treaty with the US, until he was caught in Guatemala, which does extradite, and he's on his way to Miami now (or is in San Fran, or whatever). Turns out everyone avoiding capture ends up in the US eventually. They aren't avoiding the local charge, they are avoiding getting sent to the US.

    But the US almost always gets them in the end. The Republicans complain about the New World Order, but were instrumental in putting it in place. The difference is that rather than submitting to a world government, the US has asserted itself to be the world government. But it's a New World Order none the less.
  • Re:GTFO (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mu51c10rd ( 187182 ) on Friday December 28, 2012 @06:04PM (#42414301)

    It was odd to me as well. We do [] have an extradition treaty with Belize, so they could charge him and request him back. I'd like to see how he plans on dodging the FBI or Marshall's service.

The absent ones are always at fault.