McAfee: Belize part of network geared to infiltrate US with terrorism-linked individuals
NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday January 9, 2013 – Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee, who captured the world's attention last year when he fled his adopted homeland of Belize after authorities there wanted him for questioning in the investigation of his neighbour's murder, is back in the news with a bang.
The British-born American citizen landed safely on his feet in Miami in December after a wild, month-long odyssey on the run that he claims was prompted by fears for his life if he turned himself in to Belizean authorities.
The 67-year-old software guru, who denied any involvement in the November killing of American expatriate Gregory Faull, is said to have slogged through jungles, slept in bug-infested beds, worn disguises and employed decoys before being incarcerated in a Guatemalan prison from which he was gladly deported to the United States.
McAfee admitted to telling a lot of lies along the way to secure his escape, a fact not lost on many readers of his recent blogs in which he claims to have harnessed his high-tech skills to spy on government officials in Belize, revealing sex secrets, murder in high places and a clandestine terrorist plot against the United States.
The software genius claims via his blogs that he organized an extensive spying scheme to delve into the digital lives of the rich and powerful in Belize as revenge for a police raid on his home last year.
After painting a picture befitting a political thriller, McAfee concludes that "Belize is clearly a central player in a larger network whose goal is to infiltrate the US with individuals having links to terrorist organizations."
He also claims to have obtained evidence of numerous sexual affairs, the ordering of a hit by the nation's prime minister and even a Hezbollah plot to smuggle Lebanese men into the US.
According to his blog, McAfee gave 75 laptops with keystroke spying software pre-installed to "government employees, police officers, Cabinet Minister’s assistants, girlfriends of powerful men, boyfriends of powerful women."
He also claims that he hired 29 operatives to install similar tracking software on computers already owned by targets, sometimes getting close to them with sex.
Additionally, he claims to have had lackeys join the ranks of two national phone companies to tap phones and get lists of contacts from Belizeans he wanted to keep under surveillance.
In the best traditions of espionage, McAfee also arranged to have recorders "hidden under a bed, behind a piece of artwork, inside a pillow, in an old shoe" of government ministers, according to his blog.