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McAfee Founder Says in a ‘Tight Spot’ on the Run

December 03, 2012

John McAfee, wanted for questioning in the murder investigation of a U.S. citizen in Belize, said today there has been a “slight glitch” in his run from Belize’s police.

McAfee, the founder of the popular anti-virus software maker, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West” that he isn’t in Belize anymore and has been moving frequently. He excused himself twice during the telephone interview to talk to someone else and ended the call after two minutes.

“There was a slight glitch in our proceedings,” he said. “We are in a tight spot, that’s all I can tell you.”

McAfee didn’t answer a question about whether he was referring to reports that a picture posted online appeared to reveal his whereabouts as Guatemala. He said he was being sought over a political vendetta.

McAfee has turned his run from authorities over the past month into a media spectacle, sending updates to Wired magazine, allowing two reporters from Vice magazine to accompany him, and posting missives to his own website. He has discussed eluding authorities by burying himself in sand with a cardboard box and changing his appearance.

McAfee’s home on the island of Ambergris Caye was searched Nov. 11 after the murder of a neighbor, Gregory Faull, a 52- year-old contractor and Florida native. Authorities have said they want to question McAfee about what he knows about Faull.

McAfee, a 67-year-old yoga enthusiast, relocated to Belize in 2008 after his $100 million fortune was reduced to $4 million after a series of failed investments in property, real estate and bonds at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., according to a 2009 article in the New York Times. Intel Corp. (INTC:US) agreed to buy McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion, at the time its largest acquisition, in 2010.

McAfee spokeswoman Tracy Ross said Nov. 12 that the company doesn’t comment on former employees and that he “retired from McAfee in 1994, and has not had any affiliation with the company since then.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Jordan Robertson in San Francisco at jrobertson40@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net


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