MIAMI BEACH (The Miami Herald) — John McAfee, the controversial guru of computer antivirus software, denied Thursday in Miami Beach that he has been interviewed by Internal Revenue Service and FBI agents after arriving the previous night following deportation from Guatemala.
“The only people who talked to me when I left the plane were the Customs and Border Protection,” he said. “When the plane stopped, they called me by my name and there was a large group of people who looked like police and asked them, ‘Am I in trouble?’ And they said ‘No sir, we are here to help.’”
McAfee appeared Thursday morning in Miami Beach and issued broad statements to dozens of journalists who surrounded him at the exit of the Beacon Hotel.
He said he was tired and wanted breakfast but added that his most immediate concern was to ask the State Department for visas for two women whom he identified only as Samantha, his girlfriend, and Amy, which he described as “my friend.”
“If any of you have friends in the State Department, or if someone in the State Department is listening to this, I need help getting visas for these two young women who also fled from Belize,” McAfee said.
He added that both are legally in Guatemala but that he wanted to bring them to the United States because they cannot return to Belize.
His next step, he said, was breakfast because, “I’ve been eating only Guatemalan food in jail for a week, which I hate to describe, and therefore what I want to eat is bacon and eggs.”
The millionaire businessman had fled to Guatemala on Dec. 3 from Belize, his country of residence, where he was wanted for questioning in the murder of one of his neighbors, Gregory Faull, a U.S. citizen.
Presumably, McAfee decided to reside in Belize for many years, considered a tax haven, to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
However, the businessman said Thursday, he was happy to be back in his country.
“I feel wonderful to be here,” he said. “As many of you know, I have not only been running for five weeks, but for 10, with Samantha. The whole story has not been told yet.”
Anyone who wants to know everything that happened, he said, should go to the website WhoisMcAfee.com, where the details are laid out.
“It takes at least a day to read it all,” he said.
He also denied that federal authorities may have given him preferential treatment upon his arrival in the country, but gave no details.
“I did not receive any special treatment; they just helped me find a safe place,” he said.
McAfee said no one has contacted him since his arrival Wednesday night, and the last thing he heard was that the police in Belize wanted “desperately” to persuade the government of Guatemala to return him there.
“That was the main reason they took me to the plane and sent me here,” said McAfee, who said he thought Guatemalan authorities refused to return him to Belize due to border disputes between the two countries.”They have had an unofficial state of war,” he said.