John McAfee: I'm Seeking Asylum in Guatemala
Fugitive software innovator fears returning to Belize
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2012 3:50 PM CST
Software company founder John McAfee talks to his lawyer Telesforo Guerra, right, after giving an interview at a local restaurant in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.   (Moises Castillo)

(Newser) – Surfacing in public for the first time in weeks, software company founder John McAfee says he plans to ask for asylum in Guatemala, saying he fears persecution in Belize. McAfee is now at a hotel in Guatemala City after sneaking out of neighboring Belize, where police have called him a person of interest in the November slaying of a fellow American ex-pat. He tells the AP that he will petition the Guatemalan government to allow him to stay. McAfee has said he fears he will be killed if he turns himself in for questioning in Belize. McAfee has spent weeks narrating his life on the lam through emails, blog posts, and calls to reporters.

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Dec 4, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Hmm, interesting choice. Maybe it was an easy way, since most people are trying to get out of Guatemala, not in . Last I heard, he was just a person of interest , not a suspect, but then the Belize gov't rounded up and jailed three of his friends. It'll be interesting to see what the truth reveals.
Dec 4, 2012 5:31 PM CST
What? i never knew Danny Bonaduce invented computer software!
Dec 4, 2012 4:56 PM CST
This guy looks like a cross between my asshole cousin Robbie and the late (great) Frank Zappa.