In Monday’s post, McAfee said he left Belize because he thought ‘‘Sam,’’ the young Belizean woman who has accompanied him since he went on the lam, was in danger.
‘‘I left Belize because of a series of events which led both Sam and I to believe that she was in danger of capture. She has been my go-between and my eyes and ears in the outside world. I decided to make the move. I will be returning to Belize after I have place (sic) Sam in a safe position. My fight is in Belize, and I can do little in exile.’’
Police sources in Belize said early Monday they believed he was still in the country. The sparsely populated border between the two countries is unguarded and unmarked in many places.
Rumors arose over the weekend that McAfee had been caught, but Belizean police quickly denied that.
Belize’s prime minister, Dean Barrow, has expressed doubts about McAfee’s mental state: ‘‘I don’t want to be unkind to the gentleman, but I believe he is extremely paranoid, even bonkers.’’
McAfee, who is extremely polite and coherent in telephone conversations, brushes off such accusations, telling the AP ‘‘if people want to call that paranoia, they can do so if you wish, that will not concern me.’’
McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus program, has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the anti-virus software company that is named after him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.
He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis. However, a story on the Gizmodo website quoted him as calling that claim ‘‘not very accurate at all.’’ He has dabbled in yoga, ultra-light aircraft and producing herbal medications.
McAfee has never said where he’s hiding. But in his blog, he has claimed to have disguised himself as a grungy street peddler and a foul-mouthed German tourist.