On Monday we told you about the weird story of how Vice Magazine accidentally revealed the secret hiding place of fugitive computer virus pioneer John McAfee. Well, McAfee was arrested in Guatemala last night, bringing his strange time on the lam to an end. Maybe? Or maybe not? Nothing is certain when it comes to John McAfee.
McAfee had been seeking asylum in Guatemala, after fleeing neighboring Belize where he's wanted for questioning in connection to the murder of his neighbor. We learned this on Monday when Vice posted a photo of McAfee posing with editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro and forgot to scrub the GPS coordinates, revealing his precise location. McAfee hired a lawyer, scrambled to hold a press conference, and soon after was carted away by Guatemalan authorities who plan to turn him over to their counterparts in Belize. Luckily McAfee's natural hunger for media attention has allowed him to apparently forgive Vice for their screw-up, and they were with him to the very end, capturing some very strange and compelling video of the 67-year-old McAfee and his 20-year-old girlfriend, up until the moment of his arrest, which is above.
Of course, this being John McAfee, he has been blogging from inside prison, somehow, posting a note about how pleasant Guatemalan jail and its coffee is and a plea for people to "please email the President of Guatemala and beg him to... support the political asylum that I am asking for." Stay tuned: Things will probably only get stranger.
Update: Well that was quick: Just moments ago, ABC's Matt Gutman tweeted that McAfee is in an ambulance headed to the hospital after complaining of chest pains. He looked "quite ill," according to Gutman.
John McAfee being taken to hospital in Guatemala. Local press is crazy here, now in a high speed chase after Ambulance twitter.com/mattgutmanABC/…
— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) December 6, 2012