Monday, December 03, 2012

John McAfee still on the run, but did article image out his location?

John McAfee is still on the run. His blog, which previously had a post saying that the writer believed that the software pioneer had been captured at the border between Belize and Mexico, now has been updated with posts purported by McAfee, saying he is "safe."

Here's what McAfee said on his blog on Monday. According to his posts, "he" was captured -- sort of. It was a double, who was supposed to serve the purpose of distracting authorities, but he "was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan."

McAfee said:
I apologize for the silence, and misdirection. I am currently safe and in the company of two intrepid journalist from Vice Magazine, and, of course, Sam. We are not in Belize, but not quite out of the woods yet. I will do a more detailed posting later today if all goes well. My “double”, carrying on a North Korean passport under my name, was in fact detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior, but due to indifference on the part of authorities was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan. He is now safely out of Mexico.
Vice magazine reportedly has -- or at least had -- two of its journalists are traveling with McAfee, posted a story entitled "We Are with John McAfee Right Now, Suckers."

Those continuing to read McAfee's blog might be confused by his (current) final post. It says:
I openly apologize to Vice Magazine for manipulating their recently published photo. I have been ferocioously put my place by Mr. Rocco for “interfering” with the objectivity of their reporting. I, for my own safety, manipulated the xif data on the image taken from my cellphone, and created a fake emrgency so that the urgency of movement led, as I knew it would, to the hasty posting on their website. I felt that our tenuous situation demanded action, and that was the action that I chose.

I do not believe that Vice will remain with me further. Again, my apologies.
What does all that mean and why would McAfee manipulate the xif data on the Vice Magazine image? It's because the image contains the GPS data where the picture was taken. If manipulated, the picture is useless. If not manipulated, it could give law enforcement a clue that they could use to close in on McAfee.

McAfee said he screwed with the data. If he did, then the coordinates obtained from the photo, which would put him in Guatemala, are useless. If he didn't, we know he's flown Belize, but he already said that in his earlier post, anyway.

McAfee's time as a fugitive began, sort of, on Nov. 9. On that date, McAfee told authorities that four of his dogs had been poisoned. The case truly exploded with the shooting on Nov. 11 of a neighbor of McAfee’s, Gregory Faull, a fellow ex-patriot. Faull was found dead in his home near San Pedro, on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye.

Faull's death made McAfee a person of interest because those aforementioned dogs had been a source of friction between the neighbors, due to the dogs' barking and aggressive behavior.

Belize authorities say they want to question McAfee about the incident. They have said that he is wanted for questioning, but not necessarily as a suspect. However, McAfee had said he is afraid of their "true" motives, claiming that the government wants to kill him because he refused to pay off to certain officials.

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