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John McAfee Back in the U.S.

John McAfee addresses the media in Miami.

John McAfee addresses the media in Miami.

Mad Tech mogul John McAfee is back in the U.S., at least for now. He was most recently expelled by Guatemala to the United States and has since landed safely in Miami, Florida. McAfee had moved to Belize three years ago purportedly to lower his taxes, but has had a couple of run ins with Belizean authorities, once over drugs, the charges were dropped, and once over his obnoxious dogs and thuggish bodyguards in a complaint filed by his late neighbor Gregory Viant Faull, 52, who was found shot in the head about a week later. Police looked for McAfee to question him as a person of interest in the murder case, not as a suspect, but McAfee went into hiding with his 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend, insisting that he was in fear of his life.

Several days of false John McAfee sightings, and even a McAfee decoy detained in Mexico followed while McAfee planned his next move. Most recently he was apprehended in Guatemala, having illegally entered that country from Belize, and was confined. His official request for asylum was denied, and McAfee was hospitalized, while his lawyers appealed the decision. In interviews and on the Internet, McAfee insisted that the police in Belize would hurt him if they got their hands on him. Now it seems that Guatemala has washed their hands of John McAfee, and has shipped him to the U.S.

According to treaty, the U.S. only agrees to extradite official suspects, not mere persons of interest, so for now McAfee is safe. Through intermediaries McAfee has offered to talk with Belizean authorities by phone, though at this point it is not known what direction they will take with their investigation.

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