McAfee founder arrested in SWAT-style raid

We've said it before, but yeah, we're really not sure what to make of this one. Anti-virus pioneer John McAfee has apparently been arrested after a raid conducted by the Belezian equivilent to a SWAT team, as is being reported over at The Washington Post. McAfee is being charged with 'unlicensed drug manufacturing and possession of unlicensed weapons,' charges that McAfee says are bogus.

In a brief interview posted to YouTube (below), McAfee says the whole incident was 'a shock to everyone involved,' and that he's 'sure it'll never happen again.' McAfee says that the over 40 heavily armed members of the Belezian GSU (Gang Suppression Unit) raided his home/research center not because he was in violation of any laws, but because he refused to to give money to an unnamed politician before last month's election.

In case you're wondering what McAfee is doing in such an out of the way place as Belize, he says that he moved there to pay less taxes after losing all but $4 million of his $100 million stash in the recession. McAfee himself hasn't been involved in the company he founded since the '90s, but he's worked on a variety of products since then, and regardless of how dire his financial situation might be, it's utterly bizarre to think that he would decide to set up a Central American drug manufacturing business.

If you're interested, you can check out McAfee's full statement over at Ken Smith's Leaving America blog, or join in on the discussion in our very own forums.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

EA confirms new Need For Speed game for 2012 release

Next Story

WinSnap 4.0.4

37 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

he only had $4 million left after the recession? to lose $96 million is a tad bit odd even in a recession unless he tied it all up in one company that failed... market coverage usually saves you

neufuse said,
he only had $4 million left after the recession? to lose $96 million is a tad bit odd even in a recession unless he tied it all up in one company that failed... market coverage usually saves you

Could have been anything. The stock market as a whole took a pretty decent dive, he could have been Maddoff'd... Lord only knows...

''In addition, McAfee, 66, was allegedly with his 17-year-old Belizean girlfriend''

17-year-old girlfriend? I'm lost.

Copernic said,
''In addition, McAfee, 66, was allegedly with his 17-year-old Belizean girlfriend''

17-year-old girlfriend? I'm lost.

He has millions of dollars, hes in a different country (different rules). Why are people so shocked when they see this?

Copernic said,
''In addition, McAfee, 66, was allegedly with his 17-year-old Belizean girlfriend''

17-year-old girlfriend? I'm lost.

In many countries, the legal age for people to have relationships are 16. What I don't understand is why in the US at 16 you are considered mature enough to get a driving license but not mature enough to decide you can have a relationship with someone older than 18.

sviola said,

What I don't understand is why in the US at 16 you are considered mature enough to get a driving license but not mature enough to decide you can have a relationship with someone older than 18.

Holy moly man. For the longest time, I've constantly used the "we trust 16 year olds to drive but we say they aren't intelligent enough to consent to sex?" argument. This is the first time I've heard another human being use it. I don't understand why more people don't question this.

His financial situation is "dire"? He has $ 4 million, that's about $3,999,990 more than I have right now until payday.

Gerowen said,
His financial situation is "dire"? He has $ 4 million, that's about $3,999,990 more than I have right now until payday.

Stop complaining, I got 3 days to payday and I don't even have that 10 bucks you got

Gerowen said,
His financial situation is "dire"? He has $ 4 million, that's about $3,999,990 more than I have right now until payday.

Haha, hell yeah, that's what I thought, too!

Both of you: I still got ~20€ lol, but those are pretty much planned for an important purchase, so I'm actually down to zero!

GS:mac

Hello,

I have known Dr. John McAfee for over twenty-five years. He gave me my first job in the computer industry, when I became his first full-time employee at McAfee Associates, and I also worked for him at his next company after that, Tribal Voice.

When I heard about how he and his colleagues in Belize were treated, I was sickened and horrified, and was disgusted by some of the comments on web sites that I had seen.

It seems the Belizean police cannot decide whether they raided him for weapons charges or for running an "unlicensed pharmaceutical company." He's produced and provided them with copies of all of the government permits for them, and has worked with their national hospital and university for the past couple of years to to set up Quorumex, which is looking into making antibacterial compounds.

John McAfee left McAfee Associates around 1993, back when everyone was using DOS and Windows for Workgroups 3.11. It may be hard to believe now, but back then McAfee Associates' programs represented the apex of antivirus software. He has had nothing at all to do with the current company, their programs or how they behave for nearly twenty years.

Regardless of what people think of McAfee's current products, those have nothing to do with John McAfee. While he's not a saint, but he's certainly not the bogeyman he's being made out to be, and I certainly remember the dignity, respect, and kindness he treated his employees with as well as the opportunities for personal and professional growth at his startup companies.

John has had financial issues and a lot of what he had left he just gave away before moving to Belize. He's started a few companies down there and they employe something along the lines of eighty Belizeans (most of the companies are tourism-related

Cute story and all, but if he makes illegal drugs and carries illegal weapons, he deserves everything the feds throw at him.

Oh, and McAfee products still suck.

Hello,

See my reply to your earlier comment, above. I work for a competitor these days so I'm hardly going to complain if you don't like their products. But John McAfee has had nothing to do with their antivirus software for a long time.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

bjoswald said,
Cute story and all, but if he makes illegal drugs and carries illegal weapons, he deserves everything the feds throw at him.

Oh, and McAfee products still suck.

bjoswald said,
Cute story and all, but if he makes illegal drugs and carries illegal weapons, he deserves everything the feds throw at him.

eff-u
illegal is a state of mind
and the mind of The State is a fallacy at best.
independent research required.

bjoswald said,
Cute story and all, but if he makes illegal drugs and carries illegal weapons, he deserves everything the feds throw at him.

Oh, and McAfee products still suck.

Not really the best reply ever eh? Gross and not appropriate. Not needed.

MidnightDevil said,

Not really the best reply ever eh? Gross and not appropriate. Not needed.


This.

I don't get why so many people want to enlarge their e-penises by spreading hatred and blame without proof.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

This.

I don't get why so many people want to enlarge their e-penises by spreading hatred and blame without proof.

GS:mac

Probably because in real life they tried one of those spam methods for enlarging the real thing and it didn't work, so they rely on the internet to satisfy their puny egos...

sviola said,

Probably because in real life they tried one of those spam methods for enlarging the real thing and it didn't work, so they rely on the internet to satisfy their puny egos...

ROFL! Awesome post. LOL

Creator is just like the software he created. Junk(ie). Kidding.

On a serious note. All the talent, what a waste if true.

Wow, the creator of ReiserFS killed someone and now McAfee is making illegal drugs and carrying illegal weapons... Next, Ballmer is going to eat somebody.

bjoswald said,
Wow, the creator of ReiserFS killed someone and now McAfee is making illegal drugs and carrying illegal weapons... Next, Ballmer is going to eat somebody.

Hahahahah! YMMD!
Developers omnomnomnom Developers omnomnom.....

Hello,

John McAfee has licenses for all of the firearms and has been down there for the better part of two years researching antibacterial compounds from the local flora. If there is any illegal activity going on, it's not on his part.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky


bjoswald said,
Wow, the creator of ReiserFS killed someone and now McAfee is making illegal drugs and carrying illegal weapons... Next, Ballmer is going to eat somebody.

bjoswald said,
Wow, the creator of ReiserFS killed someone and now McAfee is making illegal drugs and carrying illegal weapons... Next, Ballmer is going to eat somebody.

By the looks of him, I think he probably already did ;-)