Fugitive antivirus founder John McAfee, on the run from authorities in Belize since November 11, sought for questioning in a murder, has escaped to Guatemala City, capital of neighboring Guatemala, Vice Magazine reported Tuesday. There, McAfee sought the counsel of "powerful Guatemalan lawyer and former Attorney General Telésforo Guerra," as Vice put it, who also happens to be the alleged uncle of Samantha "Sam" Vanegas, McAfee's 20-year-old traveling companion and lover. Vice described the meeting as follows:
They shook hands, we handed over our passports to Mr. Guerra, and John professed his love for Sam: “I have known Samantha for a year and a half. She is a remarkable young woman. I love her very much and we are getting married. Unfortunately you will have a potential criminal in the family. My apologies for that, and I will do the best I can to make it up to you.” Mr. Guerra smiled and chuckled.
Vice further reported that McAfee would hold a press conference in Guatemala City in the coming days. The news of McAfee's flight to Guatemala doesn't come as a huge surprise given that Vice effectively outed the wanted antivirus founder's location by mistake by posting an image of a Vice reporter in McAfee's company online Monday that contained metadata (EXIF) that showed its location as near the Guatemala/Belize border. McAfee took to his own personal blog "WhoisMcAfee.com" to describe what happened:
Vice Magazine reporters are indeed with me in Guatemala. Yesterday was chaotic due to the accidental release of my exact co-ordinates by an unseasoned technician at Vice headquarters. We made it to safety in spite of this handicap. I had to cancel numerous interviews with the press yesterday because of this and I apologize to all of those affected.