Anti-virus software founder John McAfee said Thursday that U.S. authorities have made no efforts to question him since he arrived in Miami after weeks of evading Belizean authorities who want to ask him about the death of his neighbor.
"Why would they want to question me, about what?" a tired-looking but sharply dressed McAfee said Thursday from the steps of his South Beach hotel. The multimillionaire was characteristically chatty and seemed to enjoy posing for pictures with tourists and signing autographs while talking about his two girlfriends and the alleged corruption in Belize that forced him to flee.
Thursday night Local 10's Ross Palombo asked McAfee, "Are people recognizing you on the street?"
McAfee answered, "Of course they are! People want to take photos."
From the sound of it, McAfee knows as much about his next move as anyone else does.
"Yesterday I was in Guatemala. Life is uncertain. I have no clue where this is going," McAfee said.
"And John, real quick, for someone who is under investigation, you are pretty calm," said Kennedy.
"I'm not under investigation. Who is investigating me?" answered McAfee. "I like being free to walk around. I like the fact that there's no one after me trying to shoot me. I'm very happy being here."
McAfee was deported from Guatemala after sneaking in illegally from Belize, where police want to question him in connection with the death of a U.S. expatriate who lived near him on an island off Belize's coast. U.S officials said there was no active arrest warrant for McAfee that would justify taking him into custody.
He said he was put on a plane to Miami where he will stay until his two girlfriends, 20-year-old Belizean Samantha Vanegas, and a woman he called "Amy" can join him.
"I had the warmest welcome of my life. The captain patted me on the shoulders and said, 'We're here to help you, sir, please come with us,'" McAfee told a throng of reporters camped outside his hotel Thursday. "Since I am paranoid, these are police officers driving me around and I am use to running from them. I said, 'Can you take me to a taxi stand?' and without hesitation they said, 'Of course.'"
McAfee said he wants to help the women leave Belize safely.
"I just want to get get Samantha out and out friend...I'm waiting here until I get visas for Amy and Samantha, their lives are in danger."
"Are they safe?" Palombo asked him.
"I know where they are. They are safe," McAfee said.
"I am asking the State Department for help to expedite the visa process and I am afraid of what will happen to my friends is the same that will happen to me if I was returning to Belize, so please, I must go," said McAfee.
The 67-year-old British native said he has no money and no home in the U.S. and has been getting by on cash that a Canadian friend sent him until his property manager comes to Miami with his cash and credit cards.
If he's reunited with the women, he said he doesn't know where he'll live or how he'll rebuild his life. Over the weekend, he said he would be happy to go to England, noting he has dual citizenship.
McAfee bristled as reporters repeatedly asked him why he won't answer questions from officials in Belize, denying he was under investigation. He stressed that he was afraid to answer questions because dozens of officials there stormed his property, killed his dogs, handcuffed him for hours and tried to extort money. He has not been charged with a crime.
"If they didn't want to harm me, why have they been harming my property and my dogs? Now 5 of my dogs have been killed," said McAfee, claiming authorities shot one of his dogs in the head and raided his house eight times. "It's a dangerous country. There are home break-ins constantly. Americans, rich Americans are frequently targets, which is why I had security."
He said he had no choice but to flee because "there was a nationwide manhunt for me" and he worried he would be thrown in a cell and silenced if captured. Officials in Belize also trumped of charges against him for running a meth lab out of his home and hiring security guards without a license, he said.
"Did I kill Mr. Faull? No, let me be clear. I had absolutely nothing to do with the murder in Belize."
He begged the State Department to expedite visas for his girlfriend. Vanegas had accompanied him when he was on the run, but did not go with him to the U.S.