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Fugitive John McAfee Gets Arrested in Guatemala

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McAfee is no longer on the lam.

Last we heard, John McAfee had started his own blog and was offering a reward for anyone who could prove his innocence. McAfee, supposedly on the run from the police in Central America for possibly shooting his neighbor in the head, has been on the run since early November. However, police in Guatemala last night announced that McAfee had been arrested.

The Associated Press cites Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla as saying McAfee was detained at a hotel in an upscale neighborhood of Guatemala City. He was caught with the help of Interpol agents and was subsequently taken to a location used to house migrants who have entered the country illegally. CNet reports that McAfee's location was revealed on Monday, when Vice Magazine, which had reporters following McAfee on his trip, posted a photo with attached metadata.

Marco Vidal, head of the Belize national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, announced in November that McAfee was the prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull. The 52-year-old man was found dead by his housekeeper lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head. She discovered him in his San Pedro home on the island of Ambergris Caye. Shortly after the announcement, McAfee went on the run.

For now, McAfee has requested asylum in Guatemala because he fears for his safety in Belize. According to the AP, his lawyer, Telesforo Guerra, says he will be in danger if he is returned to Belize. For its part, police in Belize say there is no warrant for McAfee's arrest and deny his claims of persecution.

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    lp231 , December 6, 2012 6:16 PM
    So does he get a 30 day free trial or what?
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  • 23 Hide
    lp231 , December 6, 2012 6:16 PM
    So does he get a 30 day free trial or what?
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    jhansonxi , December 6, 2012 7:01 PM
    He could deal with malware but apparently not bath salts.
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2012 7:04 PM
    Guatemala's rank in the corruption index; 113 out of 174

    Belize; Unlisted. (But honduras is ranked 133 out of 174)

    What exactly was McAfee expecting to happen? Need I say more?

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    bllue , December 6, 2012 7:15 PM
    JustPosting92Guatemala's rank in the corruption index; 113 out of 174Belize; Unlisted. (But honduras is ranked 133 out of 174)What exactly was McAfee expecting to happen? Need I say more?

    Just because he's a billionaire it doesn't negate the possibility that he may, in fact, be guilty. It could be either way so I wouldn't scratch the possibility that he did the murder. (sh1t can happen if you're high or drunk)
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    dimar , December 6, 2012 7:44 PM
    Wikipedia says he was denied his asylum, he was taken from his holding facility to a detention center in order to await deportation to Belize. On December 6, he was taken to a hospital after having a heart attack at a Guatemalan detention center.
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2012 8:24 PM
    I don't understand why anybody would choose to take a permanent residence in the 3rd world. The only reasons for a billionaire to choose that route are:

    1. He's doing some seriously dirty dealings involving money or contraband
    2. He's doing something awful he could never get away with here (like in the movie 'Hostel')
    3. He took the Tea Party's "cheering for 1 trillion dollars a year in military spending while not wanting to be personally responsible for paying for any of it" position a little to seriously.
    4. He has sold millions of people crappy-ass antivirus software and fears they're out to get him
    5. He sold his crappy antivirus company to another company and is now worried they are going to want their money back
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    freggo , December 6, 2012 9:27 PM
    "police in Belize say there is no warrant for McAfee's arrest"

    OK, so if they are not 'out to get him' than what was the basis for him being chased by Interpol and his subsequent arrest?
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    flaminggerbil , December 6, 2012 9:37 PM
    Belize Police.
    Belize Police.
    Belize Police.
    Belize Police.
    Belize Police.

    Try to say it out loud, bloody impossible.
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    alidan , December 6, 2012 10:49 PM
    freggo"police in Belize say there is no warrant for McAfee's arrest"OK, so if they are not 'out to get him' than what was the basis for him being chased by Interpol and his subsequent arrest?


    local police branch wanted money, killed the poorer of the two men, thats what i think.

    bllueJust because he's a billionaire it doesn't negate the possibility that he may, in fact, be guilty. It could be either way so I wouldn't scratch the possibility that he did the murder. (sh1t can happen if you're high or drunk)


    yea its possible, but because of the country i would never say he is guilty unless a 3rd party nation did the investagation too.
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    pjmelect , December 6, 2012 11:27 PM
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    don't understand why anybody would choose to take a permanent residence in the 3rd world. The only reasons for a billionaire to choose that route are:

    The reason that I can think of is that it is easy to get the drugs that he is addicted to in Belize, and the drugs are cheap there, a consideration even if you are a millionaire.
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    merikafyeah , December 7, 2012 12:15 AM
    "On the lam" is a very interesting expression I've never heard before.

    Everywhere else in the article "on the run" is used instead...weird.
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    beayn , December 7, 2012 12:35 AM
    How did this guy not know about location metadata? He created McAfee Antivirus, didn't he?
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    beayn , December 7, 2012 12:36 AM
    beaynHow did this guy not know about location metadata? He created McAfee Antivirus, didn't he?
    Wait... nevermind. I just answered my own question.
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    tolham , December 7, 2012 1:26 AM
    can't wait for the movie.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 7, 2012 1:37 AM
    He also reportedly suffered a heart attack. When will Toms finally post this?
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    JMcEntegart , December 7, 2012 2:33 AM
    house70Don't spammers get banned anymore?Anyone?Jane?


    Yes, spammers get banned. I spend way too much of my time banning jerks clogging up the comments section. I can't be here all the time. Rest assured, I ban tons of them every single day.
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    heffeque , December 7, 2012 2:39 AM
    McAfanI don't understand why anybody would choose to take a permanent residence in the 3rd world. The only reasons for a billionaire to choose that route are:1. He's doing some seriously dirty dealings involving money or contraband2. He's doing something awful he could never get away with here (like in the movie 'Hostel')3. He took the Tea Party's "cheering for 1 trillion dollars a year in military spending while not wanting to be personally responsible for paying for any of it" position a little to seriously.4. He has sold millions of people crappy-ass antivirus software and fears they're out to get him5. He sold his crappy antivirus company to another company and is now worried they are going to want their money back


    I'd go with number 2.
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    f-14 , December 7, 2012 4:18 PM
    JMcEntegartYes, spammers get banned. I spend way too much of my time banning jerks clogging up the comments section. I can't be here all the time. Rest assured, I ban tons of them every single day.


    what's the cost of a captcha app put into this site? i don't understand what the problem is with implementing one to free up more time for better journalism.
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