Antivirus pioneer/international fugitive John McAfee is back on American soil, holed up in a Miami hotel. He’s chucked the Vice guys, but that doesn’t mean the dog-and-pony show is over. Witness this recent interview with ABC News, in which he admits that his supposed heart attack was “of course” part of an elaborate deception to get out of the country. Duh!
He continued laying it on thick for the ABC News reporter making his very best Serious Business face:
“What’s a better story, millionaire mad man on the run. You [the media] saved my ass. Because you paid attention to the story. As long as you are reporting, it is hard to whack somebody that the world is watching.”
Oh, but now the story takes another turn: Mr. McAfee says all his assets were in Belize (uh, didn’t anyone tell him about the Caymans?) so his flight left him broke as a joke. But so far he’s getting by with a little help from his friends:
After he arrived on South Beach, he said, a mysterious “Canadian friend” ordered another man he’d never met to drop off a wad of fresh $5 bills that McAfee later displayed to ABC News, pulling them from his coat pocket.
So let’s refresh: He’s owns to playing up the crazy and faking sick, then proceeds to wave around $5 bills dropped off by a stranger at the behest of an unnamed Canadian.
Serious question: Is John McAfee just fucking with us at this point? His history of playing the media isn’t exactly a secret, and this New York Times article makes a pretty good refresher. We’re starting to wonder whether this is some sustained stunt to prove a point about bloggers.