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John McAfee said he tried to flee the country using an elaborate ruse with a body double and an North Korean passport.
Millionaire software tycoon John McAfee is said to have escaped out of Belize and is now hiding across the border in Guatemala.
A blog post in McAfee's name said that he "will be meeting with Guatemalan officials this morning," reports ABC News. "I apologize for all of the misdirections over the past few days," the post reads. "It was not easy to exit Belize and required many supporters in many countries."
McAfee is on the run from police in Belize, where he is wanted for questioning in the death of Gregory Faull, who lived next door to McAfee on Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize.
The Associated Press reported that McAfee plans to seek asylum in Guatemala, and that he is currently staying at a hotel in Guatemala city.
McAfee maintains that he is innocent and being framed by the police. "I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side," he said after Faull was found dead.
He is refusing to be questioned by Belizean police because he fears they will kill him, reports the Independent.
McAfee's whereabouts were first publicized by American magazine Vice, which posted an iPhone photo of him in Guatemala.
The article titled "We Are With John McAfee Right Now, Suckers," appears to have been taken on an iPhone 4S and had location information embedded in it which revealed the exact coordinates where the photo was taken — in the Rio Dulce National Park in Guatemala — reported Wired.com.
The escape into Guatemala was not easy for the tycoon. McAfee crossed into Guatemala illegally with his 20-year-old girlfriend Sam after he planned an elaborate ruse to dispatch a "body double" to distract authorities in Mexico.
“My ‘double,’ carrying on (sic) a North Korean passport under my name, was detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehaviour,” McAfee wrote on his blog and confirmed to AP, “but due to indifference on the part of authorities (he) was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan.”
McAfee said the couple were traveling on passports that showed neither exit nor entry stamps.
TIME magazine reported that McAfee is now working with journalists from Vice magazine and was set up in a meeting with Samantha's uncle, “powerful Guatemalan lawyer and former Attorney General Telésforo Guerra."
McAfee's blog post from Tuesday says he may reveal more information. "If all goes well I will do a press conference tomorrow," he wrote.
CNN published video from an exclusive interview with McAfee on Monday: