Friday, December 07, 2012

John McAfee requests asylum aid, receives black ops offer

His request for asylum denied, security software pioneer John McAfee, 67, was rushed to a hospital on Thursday after experiencing chest pains, but was returned to a Guatemalan jail after it was determined he had not suffered a heart attack. His lawyer, Telesforo Guerra, a former Guatemalan attorney general and the uncle of McAfee's 20-year-old girlfriend Samantha, says he is filing appeals in hopes McAfee can stay in the country.

Guerra said,
He never had a heart attack, nothing like that. I'm not a doctor. I'm just telling you what the doctors told me. He was suffering from stress, hypertension and tachycardia (an abnormally fast heartbeat).
Earlier, Guerra's assistant Karla Paz said she had found McAfee lying on the ground and unable to move his body or speak.

McAfee had been on the run since early November, fleeing Belize authorities who seek to question him about the murder of his neigbor, Gregory Faull. McAfee has said he fear the motives of Belize authorities, who he fears want to kill him because he failed to pay a bribe to officials.

McAfee illegally crossed the Belize - Guatemala border along with Samantha and two Vice Magazine reporters, and was detained by Guatemalan police on Wednesday after doing so. Guatemalan authorities say they will extradite him back to Belize, but Guerra believes he will stay in the country until at least Monday.

The U.S. State Department said it was aware of McAfee's arrest and that its embassy was providing "appropriate consular services," but it would not comment further.

During his time on the run, McAfee was posting on a newly created blog. He has continued to do so, and after his request for asylum was denied, he -- or rather site admin Chad Essley -- posted again. The post (which has since been taken down) read:
Please email the President of Guatemala and beg him to allow the court system to proceed, to determine my status in Guatemala, and please support the political asylum that I am asking for.
Interestly enough, he reportedly received a response to his plea. It read:
John. I have a special ops team near the La Aurora International Airport. I can get you out of jail and provide safe passage back to the States for a fee. Please let me know if this interests you.
It is, of course, unclear if the offer was said in jest, sarcastically, or in all seriousness.

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