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Thursday 17 April 2014

McAfee wants 'normal life' return

The creator of the McAfee antivirus programme, John McAfee has again denied involvement in the killing of his neighbour in Belize (AP)

Software company founder John McAfee has said he wants to return to the United States and "settle down to whatever normal life" he can.

In a live-stream internet broadcast from the Guatemalan detention centre where he is fighting a government order that he be returned to Belize, the 67-year-old said "I simply would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, enjoy my declining years."

Police in neighbouring Belize want to question McAfee over the fatal shooting of a US expatriate who lived near his home in November.

The creator of the McAfee antivirus programme again denied involvement in the killing during the live-stream, during which he answered what he said were reporters' questions.

His comments were sometimes contradictory. The British-born McAfee first said that returning to the United States "is my only hope now." But he later added, "I would be happy to go to England, I have dual citizenship."

He was emphatic that "I cannot ever return to Belize .... there is no hope for my life if I am ever returned to Belize." He added: "If I am returned, bad things will clearly happen to me."

He described the health problems that saw him in hospital earlier this week after Guatemalan authorities detained him for entering the country illegally. He apparently crossed at a rural, unguarded spot along the border.

"I did not eat for two days, I drank very little liquids, and for the first time in many years I've been smoking almost non-stop," he said. "I stood up, passed out hit my head on the wall, came to," though he now said he was feeling better.

McAfee confirmed that journalists from Vice magazine who accompanied him on his escape after weeks of hiding in Belize had unwittingly posted photos with embedded data that revealed his exact location. "It was an error anyone could make," he said, noting they were under a lot of pressure at the time.

McAfee went on the run last month after Belizean officials tried to question him about the killing of Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death in early November. McAfee acknowledges that his dogs were bothersome and that Faull had complained about them, but denies killing Faull.

Press Association

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