McAfee posts from Guatemalan detention, asks for help

After his arrest, the antivirus pioneer continued to blog about his efforts to escape custody in Belize, asking for his supporters' help in obtaining his release. Then he was rushed to the hospital.

Screenshot from VICE Magazine's video on John McAfee's arrest in Guatemala. Screenshot by Donna Tam/CNET

Being in jail wasn't going to stop Antivirus pioneer John McAfee from updating his blog. The former tech entrepreneur continued to write about his experience even after being arrested by police in Guatemala.

McAfee, 67, was on the run from Belize , where police sought him for questioning in relation to the murder of his neighbor. McAfee is the founder of the well-known security company that bears his name. His bizarre accounts of his journey, which he shared with his 20-year-old girlfriend and journalists from VICE Magazine (see video of his capture below), ha captivated the media.

Even behind bars, McAfee doesn't disappoint. Blogging overnight about his new digs, a Guatemalan detention center, McAfee indicated that those supervising him were treating him well.

He mentioned that one commenter on his blog asked him "in a kindly way," whether he wanted to kill himself. He said suicide is "redundant."

"I enjoy living, and suicide is absurdly redundant," McAfee wrote. "The world, from the very begining, hurls viruses, accidents, hungry animals, defective DNA -- and uncountable more -- in an attempt to kill us. It always succeeds. Suicide is simply aiding and abetting."

McAfee's post were followed up by one from a supporter, who wrote that McAfee would like the public to email or tweet the President of Guatemala to ask for political asylum for McAfee.

News reports indicate that McAfee's attorney, Telesforo Guerra , is concerned the Guatemalan government is preparing to "throw (McAfee) out of Guatalma," McAfee has been blogging that Guerra convinced a judge to order a stay, stopping the government from sending him back to Belize. He also posted that the American Embassy can't help him.

Update at 11:47 a.m. PT: The Guatemalan government has denied McAfee's request for asylum. Belize police told the Associated Press that they expect him back in Belize soon.

Update at 1:55 p.m. PT: McAfee was rushed to the hospital after suffering two heart attacks, according to news reports.

McAfee's arrest happened shortly after he blogged that he was holding a press conference in Guatemala City.

In his initial blog post, McAfee said he thought the officials would still let him hold his press conference.

I am in jail in Guatemala. Vastly superior to Belize jails. I asked for a computer and one magically appeared. The coffee is also excellent. Only time will tell what will happen. No one has a crystal ball. However, I would be truly shocked if I did not conduct the press conference tomorrow as I had originally planned. Stay tuned. I believe, by the way, that blogging from a jail cell might be a groundbreaking activity. Let's see if it catches on.

 

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