John McAfee, the wealthy software entrepreneur who made a dramatic escape from Belize after he was linked to the murder of a neighbour, now says he is willing to tell his version of the story but won't return to the Central American country.
Mr. McAfee's bizarre tale took another strange turn this week when he warned of apocalyptic cyberthreats to the United States in a radio interview with TruNews, a right-wing broadcaster billing itself as the "only newscast reporting the countdown to the second coming of Jesus Christ."
Mr. McAfee warned that American citizens face grave threats from electronic surveillance from their own government and the country is at risk of being attacked by cyberwarriors capable of turning America's own weapons against it.
"Call me 'crazy,' everybody does anyway," said Mr. McAfee, who made a fortune with the anti-virus software that bears his name. "But this is how it's going to happen."
In the "next world war … the aggressors will be people sitting at home in armchairs while their software turns … all of our guns, our bombs …. Against us," he told host Rick Wiles in an interview earlier this week.
Mr. McAfee, 68, who claimed last month he had been asked by congressional staff to help fix the faulty Obamacare website, is back in the public spotlight after the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit by the estate of Gregory Faull, the American contractor who was shot to death a year ago in Belize.
In the days after the shooting and as Belize police looked for him, Mr. McAfee staged an improbable escape that involved faking his own capture and pretending to suffer a heart attack while posting a running commentary on the Internet about his exploits – all of which was captured by a camera crew.
He says he won't return to Belize and is closely guarded by a security detail because he fears kidnapping.
But in a Reuters interview this week, the outspoken entrepreneur said he won't fight the demand to provide a deposition in the wrongful death lawsuit, filed by Mr. Faull's estate in U.S. District Court in Orlando. "Of course not, because the deposition will be here in America," he told the news agency. "I've told the police in Belize that I will sit for questioning in any neutral country in the world ... I just will not go to Belize."
Mr. McAfee was named as a "person of interest" sought for questioning by police after the killing of Mr. Faull, but has not been charged in connection with the death. Mr. Faull, an American and part of the often eclectic and wealthy expatriate community in Belize, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head one year ago.
Mr. McAfee now lives in Portland, Ore., where he says he is working on his latest computer project – a "black box" that can be hooked up to a smartphone to create a totally private network powerful enough to defeat even the efforts of American spy agencies to pry.
"I will probably end up in federal prison or have to leave the country," he told TruNews, because his "black box" will be seen as a threat to government surveillance.
"While continuing to grieve, the Faull family intends to pursue all possible avenues to ensure the individual or individuals responsible for the death of Gregory Faull are brought to justice," Gary Roberts, a lawyer for the family said in a statement. "They are confident that with the tools available in civil discovery cases in the U.S. federal courts and with the information obtained in the criminal investigation in Belize, the true facts will come to light as to how and by whom Gregory Faull met his end."